If there’s a time when you should probably practise some sensitivity, it’s when someone loses a loved one.
But it seems like it might not have been the case for a Singapore Police Force (SPF) officer, who was caught posing with two “V” or “peace” signs beside a blue police tent.
Yes, the same kind of tent that police officers use to cover bodies at accident scenes.
SPF has since responded to the incident, and here’s what they have to say.
Niece of Deceased Posted Photo of Officer Posing on Facebook
Just yesterday (28 June), Facebook user Tracy Lim posted a photo of an SPF officer who was making the aforementioned pose in the shot.
There was also a blue police tent beside the officer in the photo.
In the caption, Ms Lim called the officer out for “posing like the body beside was nothing but a background or an accessory to a photo”, and shared that the deceased person at that scene was her aunt.
“Instead of showing basic respect, this police officer decided it was funny and treated the situation as if it was a happy matter, like he just won a trophy, a game or a prize,” she wrote.
She then questioned the behaviour of the officer, saying, “Is there no integrity on how a police officer should behave, especially when he is on duty, attending to a case involving [a] casualty?”
“This is utterly unacceptable and disrespectful to my family and myself and anyone who has been through death in the family,” she added.
After Ms Lim’s photo was posted on Facebook, SPF issued a statement on social media the following day (29 June) to acknowledge that they were aware of the photo and incident.
“The post pertains to a case of unnatural death attended by the Police on 28 June 2022. The deceased was found lying motionless at the foot of a block,” the SPF explained.
SPF then clarified that the officer was actually not taking a photo of himself while at the scene, but admitted that he had acted in an unprofessional manner nonetheless.
“The Police had contacted the next-of-kin of the deceased and apologised for the officer’s actions. While the officer was not taking a photo of himself at the scene, he had responded inappropriately to the presence of onlookers in the vicinity.
“All police officers are expected to maintain professionalism in managing incidents. The Police will be taking internal action against the officer,” SPF added.
Ms Lim also updated in a recent post today (29 June) that the SPF has contacted her to apologise for the incident.
“We appreciate the fast action and assurance they will reinforce on the sensitivity when handling such cases. We wish to rest the matter and let our family have privacy as we prepare for final arrangement of our aunt,” she wrote.
In a later post, she added, “We appreciate the fast action and assurance they will reinforce on the sensitivity when handling such cases.”
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Featured Image: Facebook (Tracy Lim)
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