Police Chief apologises for offensive tweeting by police

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CHIEF Police Officer for the ACT, Rudi Lammers, has assured the Canberra community the ACT Policing Twitter account is safe and has apologised for the unintentional re-tweet of inappropriate material that occurred on 31 December 2014.

“ACT Policing, like many policing organisations, extensively uses social media to deliver important public messages and to work with the community,” CPO Lammers said.

“I can assure the Canberra community that our Twitter account is safe. This was an unintentional error by a member of ACT Policing outside the ACT Policing Media team who inadvertently re-tweeted a tweet on the ACT Policing Twitter account. The member immediately saw the error and reported the incident to AFP Professional Standards.

“This is now the subject of an AFP Professional Standards investigation therefore I am unable to comment further until that investigation has been completed. In the interim, we are reviewing our social media protocols to ensure we maintain a secure, well controlled and effective on-line environment.

“We will continue to use social media to inform and engage well with the ACT community.” Assistant Commissioner Lammers said.

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