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Posting pictures online: An officer safety risk


We’ve had myriad news stories on PoliceOne about officers being disciplined — at times fired outright — for pictures posted to the web. From officers donning ill-advised Halloween costumes, to officers doffing all their duds altogether — there are abundant examples of bad decisions which are potentially career-killers. The fact is, any photo taken with a modern mobile phone — I’m looking at you, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, to name just a few — and posted to Twitter, Facebook, or Myspace is potentially an actual killer.

Don’t believe me? Watch the video below. The technology is called “geotagging” and quite literally, even the most moronic village idiot in your patrol area can right-click, copy, paste, hit enter, and instantly get your most precious data.

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