PC Nick Manning is accused of encouraging burglars after he used Twitter to disclose that a large part of the county he covered was being manned by just three officers at night.
He also used the social networking site to criticise Home Secretary Theresa May for slashing police jobs and to make sarcastic comments about his senior officers.
In one tweet, PC Manning wrote how he wasted three hours by taking a ‘crook’ home, adding: “Didn’t realise we really are a taxi service.”
The officer has now revealed on Twitter that he has been issued with a “regulation 14” notice by superiors, meaning he is under investigation for possible misconduct.
He stated that he is accused of undermining public confidence and bringing discredit on the service.PC Manning, who serves with Dorset Police, told his 192 followers: “Might be taking a break from tweeting as I’ve just been reg 14’d for ‘inappropriate content’ on here. Should be an interesting interview.”
He added: “Thank you all for your support, my reg 14 says I undermine public confidence and bring discredit on the service… we’ll see how it goes.”
Nick King, a member of the Dorset police authority, said: “It’s not unusual for an officer to tweet how they feel about police cuts – I follow quite a few officers who do that.
“As an individual, he has got every right to say what he likes. But if you are in a public position there’s a line to be drawn.
“And if he is saying there are three police on duty in the north of the county, there’s a concern criminals could see that and exploit it.”
PC Manning, who is based at Blandford police station, began his Twitter feed a year ago.
He described on his profile that he was a ‘busy cop’ in Dorset and carried a disclaimer that his views were his own and not the force’s. He added: “Never be scared of the truth or free speech.”
He has used Twitter to highlight problems facing rank and file officers and to protest against government cuts.
In September 2011, he wrote: “Police wasting money on backroom posts? How about halving the amount of C. Insps and above? Trust me the frontline will probably benefit.”
On October 14, he wrote: “Dorset is already suffering with cuts, key staff gone and cops stuck in nicks doing their work and no wonder there’s £noconfidenceintheresamay.”
On the same day, he revealed there were just three police officers in the large area of North Dorset.PC Manning also criticised the negative aspects of policing.
On June 21 last year he posted: “3 hours wasted last night taking a crook home from Poole custody. Seem we really ARE a taxi surface for ‘risk averse’ custody skippers.”
PC Manning is a Dorset Police Federation representative, chairman of the constables board and acts as a ‘discipline friend’ for officers who are themselves accused of misconduct.
PC Manning has done the unforgivable… told the truth about how crap things are at the moment.
If there is ANYTHING that pisses off SMT it’s people actually knowing the truth…
Out Policing system (contrary to popular opinion) isn’t based on consent…it’s based on ignorance.
Ignorance of how few there are of us.
Ignorance of how poor our court system is.
Ignorance of how low morale is.
Ignorance of how hard it is to put people in prison here.
Ignorance of how top heavy we are.
I loved the Tory MP for North Dorset Bob Walter’s comment “I have every confidence that the chief constable will deal with it as a disciplinary matter”
He obviously doesn’t know many SMT does he?
My experience is that if you embarrass the SMT, they will come for you and do their best to fcuk you up…
I would like to think that as long as he hasn’t lied or printed things an FOI request would find, he would be safe…
We all know what these people are like…
Good luck mate…I think you may need it.