The chief inspector of constabulary said that police officers need to be subjected to random spot checks of their smartphones in an effort curb the “revolting” online misconduct. This was evident by the Met officer, who posted photos of the two sisters murdered.
Sir Tom Windsor stated that officers would be discouraged from using WhatsApp or other social media platforms to send photos of crime scenes and jokes via their mobile phones.
His comments included online misogyny as well as sexual harassment, racism, sexist and homophobic language.
Sir Tom Windsor said that the trawling of both private and company mobile phones could help officers to avoid using WhatsApp and other social networking channels for sharing photos of crime scenes or inappropriate jokes.
He told The Times he supported the idea that staff and police officers are to be checked in the same way they are required to undertake random drug tests.
Priti Patel, Home Secretary asked Windsor to look into how the police dealt with mysogynistic and predatory behaviours.
It comes as a result of Sarah Everard being murdered by PC Wayne Couzens, which exposed errors in vetting procedures.
These concerns also raised national concerns about the UK’s police culture.
Windsor’s remarks are closely related to this week’s confession by Deniz Jaffer (48) and Jamie Lewis (33) after they photographed the bodies of two sisters murdered in Wembley.
They then shared their picture on WhatsApp with other colleagues.
The judge warned them that they would be sent to jail for their retaliatory actions against Nicole Smallman, Bibaa Henry and other sisters.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said that police officers were increasingly misusing social media and spreading racist, homophobic and misogynistic messages.
Another group of officers are now under investigation by the IOPC for doing exactly that on WhatsApp with Couzens, who was found guilty of the abduction, rape and murdered Everard in March.
Another Met probationary constable sent a joke to his fellow Met officers about lured a woman in the woods, killing her and then disappearing.
Officer is facing misconduct tonight.
Numerous officers were charged with similar disciplinary offenses.
Following the sharing of photos of the bodies and slayings of Nicole Smallman’s sisters Bibaa, Henry, and PC Deniz Jaffer (47), he pleaded guilty in court to misconduct in a Public Office.
Windsor supports the independence of inspectors who conduct police force assessments. They also acknowledge that Couzen’s and Wembley sisters murders have damaged trust.
He called for an overhaul of police culture that would eliminate officers who favored the use of violence and power, as well as those who display racist, homophobic and misogynistic tendencies.
He was not concerned about privacy implications for these random checks on phones, noting police were held to higher standards than other professions because of their ‘extraordinary powers’
“It appears to me that there’s no compelling reason for random checking of social media. He stated that Facebook is a public website and any content they upload to it will be public.
Although WhatsApp communications are encrypted from end-to-end, they remain stored on both the sender and the receiver devices. You can interrogate them.
“Let’s just say that instead of putting information on electronic messages, the subject wrote it down, placed it in an envelope, and sent it to another person.
“Noone would claim that paper correspondence must be kept confidential under any circumstances.
Bibaa Henry & Nicole Smallman, taken from Bibaa’s mobile in Fryent Country Park (north west London)
“Under the Human Rights Convention, there is no absolute right to your correspondence’s privacy.
Windsor pointed out that the counter-corruption and professional standards squads were frequently staffed with weaker investigators. Their job is to expose misconduct in officers.
Also, higher standards were considered for becoming a police officer.
Patel has asked him to examine the anti-corruption and vetting procedures for police officers in England and Wales.
Patel asked him to conduct an inspection on vetting and anti-corruption procedures for policing in England and Wales. He also wanted to assess forces’ capability to identify and respond to misogynistic or predatory behavior.
Separately, the watchdog will inspect how police handle allegations that they are perpetrators in domestic abuse.