Hundreds of police officers and staff have been investigated for posting racist, homophobic and threatening messages on social media, a Freedom of Information request has uncovered.

More than 70 have retired, resigned or been sacked over the past five years in some of the most serious breaches that have come to light.

The cases that were investigated included an officer who posted information about a planned police operation, and a member of police staff who harassed a former partner on Facebook. Other cases included a community support officer in Devon and Cornwall who was given a written warning for posting photos with weapons, and two special constables in Northampton who resigned after they were pictured in a “compromising situation”. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog