Online dating police officers
That includes a 29-year-old officer from Brooklyn who until yesterday had posted a photo of himself on wearing a uniform and posing next to an NYPD motorcycle, while announcing, “I like girls who have some respect for themselves.” Also deactivated yesterday: The looking-for-love profile of a 31-year-old officer from The Bronx, which included a photo of the Romeo in blue alongside the assurance, “I promise, I’m not a bad guy.” The NYPD social-media policy — which has been taught at the Police Academy for three years — is designed to prevent officers from embarrassing the department while wearing its uniform, sources said.The cops will be judged on a case-by-case basis, and some could be fired if they’re caught courting underage partners or abusing their authority, said a law-enforcement source.Ken Penrod, a longtime Montgomery County detective who has worked the robbery, homicide and vice beats.In Fairfax County, Detective Darrin De Coster said that even when victims speak with police, they can be vague about the details of crimes.The NYPD has bigger problems.” An officer who posts uniformed “selfies” could be “using what the uniform represents” for unscrupulous ends, said a member of the department.“Look at the ‘Cannibal Cop,’ ” he noted, referring to Gilberto Valle, who met his wife via OKCupid and was convicted for plotting to kidnap, torture and eat women.“Personally, I think they’re a bunch of lowlifes using the uniform to get laid,” said one cop, who asked his name not be revealed.
But the crackdown has many cops pulling down their online profiles.Like couples all around the region, Loren West and Dustin Smith followed the tragic story of David Messerschmitt. The intellectual-property lawyer was found stabbed to death inside a room at a boutique hotel in downtown Washington. “I feel so bad for his wife,” Smith said.d they are gay men, who met online, and are now married.Then more became clear: The February evening he went missing, Messerschmitt had texted his wife saying he’d be home soon; hotel surveillance video showed a mysterious figure climbing a staircase toward his room; court records revealed Messerschmitt, 30, had posted on Craigslist seeking sex with men; police thought he was targeted in a robbery that went bad. “In this day and age, you never really know who you’re meeting,” Smith said.“The NYPD is obsessed with discipline and is inflexible in its views on the use of social media by police officers,” PBA President Patrick Lynch told The Post. It’s a way of life and it’s time for the NYPD to adjust to that cultural change.The department and city would be much better served putting its investigatory resources into solving crime rather than looking into social-media pages of the men and women who risk their lives to protect this city.” The NYPD said in a statement, “This directive is in compliance with the New York City Social Media Policy and is in part intended to protect officers from divulging identifying information on social- media sites that may endanger officer safety.” Not everyone thinks the NYPD policy is a bad one.