A police detective has been trolled on social media by inappropriate sexist comments after her work picture was released. Many Facebook users praised the new officer for being a “role model”, while others were criticised for focusing on her appearance.
As part of a regular series titled “Meet the Team Monday”, the New South Wales Police Force yesterday introduced residents of the Australian state to its new member in the Cybercrime Squad.
Suzana, now a Detective Senior Constable with the State Crime Command’s online group, previously worked at the Department of Forensic Medicine based in Glebe Morgue.
In a Facebook post accompanying the uploaded picture, New South Wales Police said: “It was here that Suzana was first exposed to more than the average office worker – but in a happy twist of fate, saw her develop an interest in policing and forensic investigations!
“It was also here that she met a Sergeant working at the State Coroner’s Court next door, who gave her the support and confidence to change career paths and submit a formal application to become a police officer.”
Before long, the post was met with dozens of “creepy” comments, with many asking whether the Detective Senior Constable was single.
One, quoted in News AU, wrote: “I suddenly feel like committing a crime.”
Another asked Suzana to “take me in for interrogation, please”.
Other inappropriate comments included: “I’m not sure what she’s selling but I’ll take two” and “arrest me”.
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Another added: “Yikes. You’re creepy.”
One user also added: “I love how accomplished this woman is, and then all the men making comments about her looks.”
Most – if not all – of the inappropriate comments appear now to have been removed.
Others were, however, very complimentary about her success.
One user wrote: “Congratulations on your role! Pleased to see resources going to this! So many unaccountable internet/cyber scams, creepy peeps abusing privacy!”
Others praised Suzana as a “role model” and encouraged her to “go get ‘em”.