Police use of social media needs to be looked at

9 May 2013 Last updated at 14:00

Sheriff makes social media warning after threats to police

Facebook on smartphone The court heard Smith had accessed officers’ details on Facebook

A sheriff has warned that guidelines for police using social media may need to be looked at after a man threatened officers using information on Facebook.

Jordan Smith, 20, from Cambuslang, made the threats at a Glasgow police station hours after being released from a young offenders institution on 30 January.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that he knew names of family members, places of work and the ages of young children.

Sheriff Bill Totten ordered Smith to be detained for two years.

The court heard that Smith was released from Polmont Young Offenders Institution on 30 January but later ended up at Aitkenhead Road police office on an unrelated matter.
Rape threat

When he arrived at the station, Smith knew the names of police and support staff family members, where they worked and ages of young children.

He also knew where people lived and what cars they drove.

The court was told that Smith threatened staff and members of their family, telling one officer he would sexually assault their 12-year-old and was going to throw acid on to another’s two-year-old child.

He also threatened to rape a female officer and made racist remarks to another.

During his police interview Smith then spat on PC Mark Duncan’s face and at PC Adam Docherty.

He also threatened to slash the faces of a number of officers and their families, to tear their faces off, bite their noses and harm their children.

Ross Yuill, defending, told the court Smith had accessed Facebook and that was where he got the information.

Ordering Smith to be detained, Sheriff Totten issued a warning and suggested that procurator fiscal depute, Laura Greer, speaks to the Lord Advocate and Chief Constable of Police Scotland about guidelines for staff using any kind of social media site and the details that are available on them.

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