Ohio Tells Troopers To Keep Mum On Occupation


The Ohio Highway Patrol has forbidden employees from mentioning their jobs on personal Web sites after a trooper posted sexually suggestive photos on her MySpace page, reports the Columbus Dispatch. The policy, enacted on July 28, also prevents troopers from posting pictures of themselves or others in uniform and from using the patrol’s “flying wheel” insignia on social-networking sites without permission.

The policy acknowledges that employees have a right to personal Web sites, but it says that references to the patrol must be previewed to ensure they do not cause a loss of public confidence in or respect for the agency. The policy was denounced as a violation of employees’ First Amendment free-speech rights by an attorney for the troopers union and the lead attorney for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, who counseled the patrol to avoid the action.

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