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Police's jokey Facebook post warns lawbreakers not to post on Facebook

Technically Incorrect: The Dunwoody Police Department in Georgia believes that humor might put people off doing things that are against the law.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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The Dunwoody Police Department is fond of humor. Dunwoody Police/YouTube video

Humor is a dangerous weapon, especially when held in the hands of police officers.

Some have used it on social media. For example, when they tweeted a stoner's to-do list. Or when they went on Facebook to charge Nickelback with crimes against music.

The Dunwoody Police Department in Georgia, however, has taken things a step further. It leaped to its Facebook page on Tuesday to offer a (possibly) humorous list of don't-dos dedicated to potential lawbreakers.

Among the items: "1.) Don't drive recklessly on Ashford Dunwoody Rd and refuse to stop when officers initiate a traffic stop. 2.) Don't ditch your car after hitting a curb and immobilizing your vehicle. 3.) Don't run from officers...you will be quickly apprehended. 4.) After getting caught, don't tell officers that you were not the one driving (even though you were the only one in the car.)."

It sounds like they're describing a real incident, doesn't it? Or, at least, the police's version of a real incident.

The list didn't stop there.

It continued: "5.) Don't post a picture on your Facebook page of you drinking beer two hours before the incident when you're only 19 years old. 6.) Don't post videos on your Facebook page of you going over 150 mph with your friends on I-285. 7.) Don't post videos on your Facebook page of you driving recklessly and performing burnouts in an apartment complex parking lot."

Just in case you're in any doubt as to whether these events were real, the Dunwoody Police Department added: "Yes this all happened overnight. Don't worry, we got him off the streets."

Facebook commenters have been largely supportive of the humor. Some, though, might see a dangerous precedent in mocking those not yet convicted of crimes.

Still, police forces all over the world are far more active in social media, as they believe it will help them gain positive vibrations from the local populace.

It can be taken too far. Last week, the Twitter account of the UK's National Air Service Police posted a surveillance camera image of a British comedian standing in the street. He had done nothing wrong. He was suspected of no crime.

They just thought it was funny. Or something. (The post was later removed, even though the police maintained it didn't contravene any data protection legislation.)

Those in charge of police departments' social media accounts have the same issues as those in charge of corporate social media accounts.

Sometimes, you can say the wrong thing.