Social media crime levels causing problem for police

By Gary Adair

The volume of online crimes involving comments posted on social media is causing problems for the police.

Head of the College of Policing, Chief Constable Alex Marshall, says "at least half" of calls to officers dealing with low-level crimes relate to complaints about social media use, such as Facebook and Twitter. The calls include accusations of death threats, bullying and harassment, which are in themselves traditional offences, but police are now having to be educated on these offences being committed online.

Mr Marshall says there is still a lot of confusion among both the public and police officers as to when an offence has been committed. Unfortunately, that results in a lot of "nonsense" complaints that essentially just relate to disagreements with other users on social media. He is calling for increased police training and public education in respect of crimes committed on social media.

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