Around six NYPD female cops are going to face disciplinary action for uploading selfies on the Internet.
The officers in question posted photos to the now-deleted Instagram account @blueline_beauties, which is “dedicated to law enforcement women” from around the country.
While several news reports are implying the authorities have an issue with the officers who are scantily clad in some of the images, it’s not entirely true.
The problem is that these policewomen shared images of themselves in their uniforms – an activity which apparently comes under the violation of NYPD regulations.
“Members of the police department are prohibited from posting photographs of themselves in uniform without the prior authorization,” an NYPD spokesman told the New York Daily News. “This does not include photographs taken during official department ceremonies.”
Here are some of the "objectionable" self-portraits:
In March 2013 NYPD issued an order on social media use, instructing officers to "exercise good judgment" and demonstrate "professionalism" online.
"Members of the service should be aware that activities on personal social media sites may be used against them to undermine their credibility as members of the department," it states.
However, Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (a labor union for police officers), is of the opinion that the NYPD needs to be more open toward social media in the 21st century.
“Social media is an acceptable method of communication among individuals today,” Lynch said. “We see nothing inappropriate about being depicted in uniform or in attire that is generally accepted by society as appropriate on social media.”
Maintaining professionalism is important, no doubt about that, but what Lynch is trying to imply also makes sense. Considering how increasingly unpopular law-enforcement – especially NYPD – is becoming with the people they serve, casual engagement on social media won’t do any harm.