New York Daily News

December 2, 2014


 

Female cops face discipline over posting pics in uniform to sexy Instagram account


The NYPD doesn’t have a problem with cops flaunting themselves online, but it does have a policy banning officers from wearing uniforms on social media — unless the pictures are of themselves at official ceremonies — in an effort to maintain the credibility of the cops. And NYPD brass are combing through the 'blueline_beefcakes' Instagram site to see if any male officers have also been strutting their stuff.

BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA , CORKY SIEMASZKO

The ‘blueline_beauties’ Instagram account features female cops — some in uniform — on its feed.

Instagram? Try Insta-hot water.

At least a half-dozen fetching female police officers may be in trouble with the boys upstairs for posting come-hither photos of themselves on social media, sources said Monday.

And NYPD investigators are combing through the "blueline_beefcakes" Instagram site to see if any male officers have been strutting their stuff online, the sources said.

What’s got police brass seeing red isn’t that they are flaunting their assets, it’s that they are turning up the heat on sites like “blueline_beauties” while wearing NYPD uniforms — an apparent violation of Police Department regulations, the sources told the Daily News.

“Members of the Police Department are prohibited from posting photographs of themselves in uniform without the prior authorization,” an NYPD spokesman said. “This does not include photographs taken during official department ceremonies.”

The rules, the spokesman said, are “intended to protect officers from divulging identifying information on social media sites that may endanger officer safety.”

“Members of the service found to be in violation of the order may be subject to disciplinary action,” the spokesman said.

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said the NYPD needs to join the 21st century.

“Social media is an acceptable method of communication among individuals today,” Lynch said. “We see nothing inappropriate about being depicted in uniform or in attire that is generally accepted by society as appropriate on social media.”

These officers, Lynch added, “are proud to be part of the NYPD and should enjoy the same constitutionally protected rights of free speech and expression as anyone else."

There’s next to no wiggle room in the NYPD’s marching orders on social media, a three-page internal order the Daily News obtained last year that lays out clearly why selfies while in uniform are a no-no.

“Members of the service should be aware that activities on personal social media sites may be used against them to undermine their credibility as members of the department,” it states.

“Members of the service utilizing personal social media sites are to exercise good judgment and demonstrate the same degree of professionalism expected of them while performing their official duties,” the order reads.

But one naughty officer on Instagram has a Santa pinned above her shield in one shot while in the accompanying photo she’s poured into a tiny dress and displaying a lot of tattooed thigh.

Another officer posted a head shot of herself on the job beside a cleavage-flaunting selfie.

Yet another officer, this one a brunette beauty who appears to be assigned to the 62nd Precinct in Brooklyn, posted a selfie head shot of herself with lips pursed while still in uniform.

And then there’s the officer who took a selfie of herself ready to roll on the job — beside a photo of herself ready for a night out on a town in a hot little top and miniskirt.

The names of the officers, all of whom face a possible punishment of being docked up to 10 vacation days, were not immediately available.

But the looming crackdown on selfie-loving city cops comes just days after the FDNY shrugged-off reports that rookie firefighter Jonathan Jesensky was a gay porn star before he joined the Fire Department.

It also comes after several social media snafus involving NYPD officers.

In July, the NYPD was forced to apologize after a police captain’s Twitter tirade — directed against the head of a pedestrian advocacy group — accidentally shifted from his personal account to his Harlem precinct’s official account.

Earlier, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff caught flak from civil libertarians for tweeting in late 2011 that two career criminals had been released from prison.

While none of the NYPD Instagram selfies come close to being X-rated, both the Police Department and FDNY have, in the past, cracked down on members who bared it all.

NYPD officer Carol Shaya-Castro was fired in 1994 for posing naked in Playboy in 1994. Let go for unauthorized off-duty employment and improper use of her uniform and the police logo, she now reportedly sells real estate in Queens.

A year later, the FDNY brought departmental charges against firefighter William Bresnan for appearing in a tame skin flick called “Bikini Bistro” with the late porn queen, Marilyn Chambers.

Bresnan was docked 30 days' pay for failing to clear his outside employment with the Fire Department.

rparascandola@nydailynews.com