A police officer is being probed by bosses after an anti lockdown Instagram rant claiming the rules “make her ashamed to be British.”
Chelsea Renton, who is based at Cathcart Police Office in Glasgow, demanded the public be allowed to “go back to normal” despite a surge in coronavirus cases.
The PC branded lockdown rules “a joke” and told her followers the lockdown rules which she is employed to enforce were not necessary, as reported by the Daily Record.
It comes despite a surge in Covid-19 cases which has already killed 2,510 Scots.
The UK reported 6,874 new cases on Friday, with a further 34 people reported to have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus, excluding Scotland.
In her post, PC Renton wrote: “The UK Government is an absolute joke. The country is crumbling around us because of a virus that isn’t going anywhere so allow us to go back to normal.
“Stop putting people in lockdowns. It clearly doesn’t work. Get the country going again.”
The officer’s comments came after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced tougher restrictions aimed at protecting Scots from an anticipated ‘second wave’ of coronavirus expected to hit the UK within weeks.
This week brought the biggest single day’s number of positive cases in Scotland since mass testing began.
But PC Renton, who has served four years with Police Scotland, urged political leaders to “get the country going again” after her rant against new lockdown measures announced this week.
She claimed she has seen first-hand the impact that lockdowns were having on mental health through her role in the force.
But a police source said PC Renton’s statement showed a “blatant disrespect” for the rules she is employed to enforce.
In her post, PC Renton added: “People are dying from missed cancer treatments, transplants, suicidal rate is higher than ever.
“The recovery rate of Covid-19 far outweighs the death rate. The statistics speak for themselves.
“As a police officer, I’ve spent more time in the past five months attending calls relating to mental health, people’s welfare and suicides, than calls relating to actual crime.
“I have never been more ashamed to be British and how we are allowing the most vulnerable to live out their remaining time on Earth, alone without any contact from loved ones in our care homes.”
Police Scotland officers are given strict guidance on what they can and cannot share on social media.
Last year, the force told the Sunday Mail that officers “should never reveal their personal details and under no circumstances make reference to being a police officer.”
They are also told not to display anything which clearly shows that they work for Police Scotland.
The force’s code of ethics states that employees should act as a “positive role model in delivering a professional, impartial service, placing service to communities before my personal aims.”
A source said PC Renton’s post was not fitting with what is expected of an officer.
They said: “Here is an Instagram post of a serving Police Scotland officer.
“It is someone who is meant to be imposing the rules yet has a blatant disrespect for them.”
PC Renton said she did not wish to make any further comment.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We are aware of this Instagram post, which is not reflective of Police Scotland’s views or approach.
“We will consider what further action is proportionate.”