MACON Co., NC (WSPA) – The Highlands Police Department’s Facebook page was hacked and someone posted something “inappropriate and distasteful,” according to Chief Bill Harrell.
Harrell said it was in “no way due to any purposeful or erroneous postings by any of our department’s officers, members or staff.”
Harrell posted the following on the department’s Facebook page:
It is with great disconcertment that I would like to address the issue of an inappropriate and distasteful post that was shared to the Highlands Police Department’s Facebook page last week.
Please know the reason for my delayed response is not due to lack of concern, but rather, because of the very high level of concern and confusion this post has generated.
Upon being brought to my attention, the article was immediately removed and an investigation launched to determine the exact source of the posting. Again, due to the inappropriate and offensive nature of this post, we had to take certain steps in order to provide the public with an honest, irrefutable response as to why something like this would have occurred.
Though this process has taken several days to complete, I can now tell you with absolute certainty that this post was made as a result of our Police Department’s page being hacked, and was in no way due to any purposeful or erroneous postings by any of our department’s officers, members or staff.
At the Highlands Police Department, we pride ourselves on honesty and integrity. We not only value our citizens, we respect them. As such, we are consistently looking for ways to deepen and expand the ways we can reach out to the community and promote awareness.
One of our greatest platforms to share information on is Facebook, which unfortunately, is still subject to the same type of corruption, misuse and fraudulence that we see in our day to day lives.
Although measures have since been taken to secure all of our social media outlets, that does not negate the fact that an insensitive and derogatory post still managed to make its way onto our page, and for that, you have my deepest apologies.
Let me assure you, however, that this post is in no way representative of the good hearts and character of the men and women who have dedicated their careers to the servitude of our great mountain community.
I thank you for your understanding.
Chief Bill Harrell