Union warns against posting personal details of police

QUEENSLAND Police Union president Ian Leavers said he knew a Facebook page called "Film a Cop in July" would "invariably take a sinister turn".

"They (police) are already doing a dangerous and difficult job," Mr Leavers said.

Berserker man Karl Nathan Porteous yesterday pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to stalking after he posted a recording of a police officer on his personal Facebook account.

Porteous's actions were also raised in other media.

While he did not comment directly on Porteous's sentence, Mr Leavers said the public should be mindful that they could not post on the internet the personal details of police just because they did not like police.

"This is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated," he said.

"In my experience, police act appropriately and we have nothing to worry about from any type of campaign to film them doing their job.

"For five years I have called for all police to be issued with body worn cameras to protect police against vexatious complaints and also to maintain community confidence."

Mr Leavers warned people engaging in any campaign that involved filming police that they needed to ensure they didn't prevent police from performing their duties.

No other employees were harassed with cameras in their face at their workplace, he said.

"That is why I succeeded in having this Facebook page (Film a Cop in July ) shut down... even the administrator of the page realised it could be misused and abused."



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