Hot cops under investigation by German authorities for steamy Insta selfies
Police Commissioner Barbara Slowik has commissioned an internal audit of officers posting under hashtags such as “#instacops” blurring the line between their activities as police officers with those of influencers.
Instagram users such as Mehtap Öger and Adrienne Koleszár present a combination of beauty and authority in a trend that appears to be on the rise, not just in Germany but around the globe, especially under hashtags like “#shecandoboth” in which servicewomen from all walks of life share uniformed selfies juxtaposed with more glamorous shots.
“Whether offline or online, police officers have to comply with official duties… they have special duties in their profession as public servants,” says Jörg Radek, deputy chairman of the Union of Police (GdP), explaining that officers who are active online must navigate their roles as “uniform bearers” while staying within “the boundaries of good taste in their posts.”
Radek did retweet a police warning about the dangers of selfies in general, however, so he may be a social media skeptic regardless of a person’s job as a civil servant.
Meanwhile, the German federal police has issued social media guidelines for officers, advising about both the possibilities of recruiting young talent but also the inherent dangers of exposing their roles as protectors of the peace.
“The use of social networks should leave no doubt that one represents and expresses himself exclusively as a private person,” the guidelines warn.
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