I see from the Evening Standard that a member of CO19, the Metropolitan Police’s specialist firearms command, has had to stand down/withdraw*/quit the command after his profile on an adult dating site came to light.
Apparently, on the site he appears as “funboybobby”, had posted pictures with his weapon displayed and as the Standard puts it:
“In some photographs the CO19 officer appeared aroused while in another he showed off a tattoo above his bare bottom.”
A Met spokesperson said:
“We expect firearms officers to display the highest standards of skill, professionalism and judgement on a daily basis.”
I would, of course, hope that all officers display the highest standards of skill, professionalism and judgement. The spokesperson then continued:
“This case highlights serious concern about the officer’s judgement.”
Indeed! I would hope that everyone understands the dangers of putting too much personal information on social networking sites – see my earlier comment following the debate I initiated in the House of Lords.
Or as the Standard reports:
“One source close to CO19 said officers could not lay themselves open to blackmail: “Armed officers keep surveillance on terrorists and serious criminal suspects. It is not appropriate that their most personal details should be open for anyone to view.””
Although, I am not quite clear which personal detail the source had in mind in this case ….
Also, the question arises how did Metropolitan Police management find out about “funboybobby”? Were they trawling the adult dating site in question?
*searching for a term without triggering a double entendre