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- The code of conduct said that the police officials cannot share any post criticising the government
- DGP Jha has warned of strict legal and departmental action if any policeman fails to comply with the new guidelines
- They have been directed not to make any complaint regarding service matters online
Ahmedabad: In a first, a social media “code of conduct” has been issued for Gujarat police officials, directing them not to express their political views or be part of any anti-government drive on internet.
The directive issued by DGP Shivanand Jha comes amid an online campaign for pay hike of police personnel in the state which drew a huge response on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter
As per the strict guidelines, policemen and officers are not allowed air any political statements or opinions on social media.
They cannot be part of any groups or forums that are formed with intentions to promote or agitate for a cause of a religion, caste, creed or sub-caste, the new norms said.
The code of conduct said that the police officials cannot share any post criticising the government or police force regarding any service matters on social media platforms.
Gujarat cops can’t express personal views on social media
They have also been directed not to make any complaint regarding service matters online and express their personal views on social media platforms.
However, an exception has been made for intelligence officers provided they have taken a prior permission of their seniors.
The guidelines also advised policemen not to make anything public on social media which is against the national interest or is related to ongoing investigations or future operations.
The new norms also asked police personnel, including officers, not to use government resources like Internet to join social media.
Strict legal and departmental action for non-compliance
DGP Jha has warned of strict legal and departmental action if any policeman fails to comply with the new guidelines.
Policemen cannot use social media while on duty as per the guidelines. They have also been asked to use decent language on social media and not to resort to cyberbullying or to harass people, PTI reported.
The code of conduct also said that if a policeman uses social media for private purpose then he will have to clarify that he is doing so in his personal capacity and not as a personnel of Gujarat police department.