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PSNI officer arrested in social media probe

The PSNI officer was arrested this morning over the alleged misuse of social media

A serving PSNI officer has been arrested in an investigation into alleged misuse of social media.

The officer is being questioned by investigators from the Police Ombudsman's office.

Dr Michael Maguire initiated the probe after receiving allegations concerning the officer.

The Police Ombudsman's Office is also dealing with a number of complaints it received in recent weeks from members of the public, which include allegations that officers have leaked confidential information and posted abusive comments on social media.

A statement from the watchdog said: "Investigators from the Police Ombudsman's Office have this morning arrested a police officer.

"He is being questioned as part of an investigation into the alleged misuse of social media by a serving police officer.

"It was initiated after a decision by the Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, to 'call himself in' to investigate information he has been made aware of.

"The Police Ombudsman's Office is also dealing with a number of complaints it received in recent weeks from members of the public, which include allegations that officers have leaked confidential information and posted abusive comments on social media."

Dr Maguire investigates complaints about the conduct of police in Northern Ireland but also has the ability to launch his own inquiries.

 

 

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