The Facebook account of New Jersey’s Greenwich Township police has been temporarily deactivated. Committee members decided to shut it down pending review by the township’s attorney and the creation of a social media policy.
According to committee member Joseph Tauriello, talks of the police department’s Facebook page emerged as part of the township’s ongoing discussions regarding setting up a social media policy.
Committee members believe that the existence of the site was premature as it had not been approved by the attorney and was launched prior to the creation of any guidelines on the use of social media, added Tauriello.
“Whatever social media policy the township decides to utilise, there needs to be guidelines and procedures, and none of that was discussed or established.”
“It’s really not appropriate until there are rules set for utilisation,” he said.
Meanwhile, Richard Guzzo, who was the township police chief when the page was launched, explained that it was created for the purpose of sharing police news with township residents.
Tauriello also underscored that the move to deactivate the social media account was not due to inappropriate postings because the site did not contain anything improper.
He noted that social media plays a positive role when used properly. He expects the page to be reactivated once it is approved and the guidelines are established.
“Social media does provide a valuable method for communication,” he said, adding that it comes with responsibilities, including the need to establish certain guidelines.