As many as 300 officers and police staff have been disciplined for online offences with some so serious they have been forced to leave their jobs
HUNDREDS of cops and other police staff have been accused of Facebook offences including online grooming.
Some have been sacked or suspended while others have been reprimanded.
Trolling and sharing extreme pornography also feature among more than 300 serious incidents involving Facebook that forces have owned up to.
All occurred over the past two years, a study by a political think tank found.
But not all of the nation’s 43 police forces revealed data, meaning the true total is likely to be far higher.
Among the worst cases is suspected online grooming by a police employee in Merseyside.
Another there quit after posting “offensive messages in relation to a football match”.
In North Yorkshire, a crime victim’s family was harassed via Facebook.
In the West Country an officer was carpeted for posting an “inappropriate picture with a gun”.
Other police and staff nationwide have used Facebook to post racist abuse and leak operational information.
One was hauled in for using Facebook’s messaging site to send saucy snaps while in uniform.
The probe by think tank Parliament Street found that six Met staff had resigned or retired since 2015 after incidents involving Facebook.
The. offences included dereliction of duty, abusive language and one dismissal for unknown “abuse”.
Experts at Centropy PR, which specialises in research into social media, last night slammed the scandal.
Boss Steven George-Hilley said: “It’s outrageous so many bobbies are behaving like this.
“Police chiefs need to take action to retrain employees who misuse Facebook.
“Those who put investigations at risk should be axed.”