An investigation has been launched into a video of a policeman and policewoman vibing to the popular dancehall track, ‘Touchdown’, which was done by Stylo G, Nicki Minaj and incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel.
The police’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) told THE WEEKEND STAR that the video has been brought to higher authorities to determine whether or not the officers seen in the footage breached any of the rules in the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) social media policy.
In the video that has gone viral on social media, the policewoman (fully clad in uniforms) can be heard singing along to Vybz Kartel’s verse of the song.
As she sings: “Just touchdown like NASA, Nicki p*m p*m fatta/ While you deh a your job, your girl giving me a bl*w job,” the policeman can be seen rocking.
The video, which has been posted on several pages online, has raised questions about how law enforcers should conduct themselves in the social media space, with users labelling their behaviour as ‘unprofessional’.
Several social media comments pointed out that although the video may not have been intended to cause harm, the officers were in uniform and should have ‘known better’.
“I don’t find this amusing,” said one user. “Unuh do dem thing deh outta uniform. This is not a good look.”
“This serious. No sah, dem police yah a sample,” another wrote, while some persons said that they should lose their jobs.
Adding insult to injury, the law enforcers seemed to have been in the presence of a civilian while the video was being filmed. The policewoman can be heard saying: ‘Da duty yah nice eeh,’ as she bobs and sings along to the track.
Pointing THE WEEKEND STAR to their social media policy which can be found online, the CCU said that the video needs to be analysed before the JCF can take any disciplinary action against the officers. The CCU said there are a lot of dynamics that must be taken into consideration as they investigate, chief among them is whether or not the JCF was brought into disrepute.
BREACH OF ETHICS
The JCF social media policy states that “A person identifiable as a police officer who posts offensive, racist or obscene material while off duty on social media sites, could be in breach of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Ethics and Integrity Policy in the same way as if he/she shouted offensive, racist or obscene material in public whilst in uniform.”
It also states that “whether on or off duty, a police employee’s conduct will reflect on the organisation” and that “all employees must protect the reputation of the police service by behaving in a lawful and appropriate manner consistent with the force’s Ethics and Integrity Policy.”
The policy also goes on to state that everything posted on social media, whether it was intended to be private or not, becomes public property and warns officers against posts that may reflect ‘poorly’ on themselves and their organisation if ‘quoted in the media’ or ‘raised in court while they are giving evidence’.