RGPF warns against spread of false information

Cadet Officer Rebekah Jones – warns against the misuse of the social media

The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) would be getting tough with persons who spread false information through the social media network, and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).

Head of the Community Relations Department (CRD) of the RGPF, Cadet Officer Rebekah Jones told members of the media last week the police wish to encourage persons using the social media such as Facebook and BBM to desist from sharing information that is untrue and which may appear to be very funny.

“What they are actually doing is creating fear of crime, social panic and a total disruption of the quality of life based on the nature and the gruesomeness of the information that you’re sending to persons throughout the world,” Jones said.

She said spreading false information is likened to instigating something that is not legal.

“Anything that you do that is not legal, then there is a penalty for it,” she said.

Just last week a broadcast message was released through the BBM that there is a group of men dressed in clothing of the Special Services Unit posing as Police Officers.

Jones said such behaviour creates unnecessary panic in the nation.

She spoke of the RGPF having had no official report of the report of men clad in military uniform.

“If that is the case, then these persons need to come forward to the police and let us know so we can deal with it appropriately,” she said.

Jones said reports that are untrue are not doing the public any good.

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