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Police porn stars on patrol… Commissioner says social media is dangerous!

Belizeans have always been proud of men and women in uniform, the members of the Belize Police Department who take on the unenviable task of maintaining law and order.
But sometimes when these men and women are not in uniform, they act outrageously on the social media, and this conduct is beginning to tarnish the image of the Department.

In the last two weeks, the department has been embarrassed by two instances in which video clips of ‘police officers gone wild’ have also gone viral, sans clothing.
In the first incident, an officer assigned to the Special Patrol Unit, made his YouTube debut to a wide, if maybe not exactly appreciative audience. In the video the police officer, clearly recognizable, during a video-chat with some unknown person, masturbated close up for the camera.

The man was wearing the camouflage uniform worn by officers of the elite unit, but the part of his anatomy given prominence in the local amateur porn show was not ‘in uniform.’ He finished his cameo appearance by blowing a kiss to the camera.
Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie was not impressed. On Wednesday he told the Reporter that the matter is under investigation. The ComPol was out of the country when it happened, but he was briefed on the policeviral video when he returned to duty. Two days after the officer’s brief flirtation with hard porn, the disgusting video was removed from YouTube.

According to Whylie, the challenges of inappropriate behaviour faced by his Department are not unique – “Police departments across the world, as well as businesses and corporations are being challenged by Facebook and the scenes that are being posted,” Whylie said.
Just days after the first pornvideo was placed on YouTube, Facebook pilloried another police officer.

This time the video, up close and intimate, showed a high-ranking police officer, in sexual climax with an unknown person.
Whylie told the press that the photos reveal a very real danger with Facebook, since the person posting the photo was not who he claimed to be. “The individual who may have released those photos is not a member of the Police Department. We know that with Facebook, people put up all sorts of outrageous things in terms of names, rank, position, where they live. But I have confirmed that he is not a police officer.”

Whylie would not speak about disciplinary action against the police officers who made their vulgar appearance on the social media scene – one apparently voluntarily and one not. But the incidents have prompted the Department to introduce a social media policy as a safeguard to the good name and reputation of the Belize Police Department.

“We have got to do a better job in terms of sensitizing our members about that policy, as well as do’s and don’ts that can get them into trouble,” Whylie said.
The Reporter notes that very little attention has been given to legislation concerning the posting of unauthorized photos or videos on social media. Until that is put into effect as a deterrent, it is likely that incidents such as these, inside and outside the Police Department, will continue.

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