Police have launched an internal investigation after pictures of a woman taken inside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station circulated on social media this week, hk01.com reports.
According to police guidelines, officers are prohibited from taking pictures inside a police station, Apple Daily said.
A police officer reportedly took pictures of a woman wearing a sleeveless dress with plunging neckline inside the police station’s reporting room.
He then shared the photos with colleagues using an instant messaging app, but the pictures later leaked to the public.
Depending on the results of the investigation, the officer involved could face disciplinary action, which could hinder his promotion for a period of five years.
A police spokesperson said the police force places great emphasis on the conduct of its officers and would deal with the matter seriously.
It is understood that statements were taken from all officers on duty at the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on Tuesday, and the investigation was continuing.
One of the pictures that were circulated online showed a woman standing in front of a counter facing a male police officer seated in front of a computer. The picture could have been taken secretly by another officer at the station.
Another picture showed the same woman, this time seated and browsing through her smartphone.
Sources said a police constable took the pictures with his smartphone, and shared it with colleagues for fun.
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