The new policy comes just days after Mounties executed a warrant on the home of a web expert linked to a blog criticizing the force.
"When using social media for personal use, you must always remember that you are an employee of the RCMP," read a memo obtained by QMI Agency. "The code of conduct that accompanies your employment with the RCMP is in effect both on and off duty."
A group of Mounties, past and present, launched a blog earlier this month to express their cynicism over Commissioner Bob Paulson's efforts to clean up the force. This came on the heels of a bitter e-mail exchange between Paulsen and two BC RCMP officers being leaked to the public.
However, the Re-Sergeance Alliance blog, claiming to represent more than 500 members in the RCMP's E Division in BC, was taken down shortly after and the home of a man connected to it was searched.
Pausing their social media strategy, Re-Sergeance delivered an open letter to Canadians to the Denman Island office of police psychologist Mike Webster.
"Re-Sergeance is not a person, a group, or a blogspot. Re-Sergeance is an idea, and an idea cannot be stopped ... If you have ever thought that the once proud RCMP was, at present, ‘horribly broken' and in need of a transformation, you were, at that moment, a member of the Re-Sergeance Alliance," said the letter, which also asked for help keeping alive the alliance.
"Please take advantage of social media to call for radical ‘turn-around' change in the RCMP.
"As we will have difficulty keeping the Re-Sergeance blogspot alive we will call upon you, concerned Canadians, to assist us in rescuing the Force before it consumes itself."