Nettleham, Lincolnshire UK – A police sergeant in England is getting international attention after she began posting videos of herself while she played video games in revealing outfits.
Lincolnshire Police Sergeant Leanne Carr developed her side-gig while on sick leave following an department internal investigation, The Sun reported.
“The officer in question was absent from work due to illness for a period of seven months whilst an internal misconduct investigation was carried out,” Lincolnshire Detective Superintendent Suzanne Davies told The Sun.
"These matters have now been concluded and were dealt with by way of a misconduct meeting, details of which are not made public because they deal with less serious internal matters,” Det. Davies added.
She has since returned to full-time duties with her department.
While on leave, Sgt. Carr developed an online persona as the “Pineapple Queen,” and has livestreamed her gaming on Twitch while clad in revealing outfits.
Det. Davies said the department is aware of the sergeant’s social media accounts.
“When any officer is absent from work due to illness regular contact is maintained with them and they are entitled to do as they wish during that time, including going on holiday, as long as it does not prohibit their return to work as soon as possible,” Det. Davies told The Sun. "I am satisfied that this officer returned to work as soon as she was able to.”
Sgt. Carr has faced sharp criticism from the media and some of her colleagues, however.
"This is a senior officer – a sergeant earning around £45,000-a-year – and in my opinion some of the photos are not befitting of someone in that role,” a police source said, according to The Sun. "Lincolnshire Police know about this but are allowing it to happen despite having a strict policy on what an officer can share on social media."
Blue Lives Matter Editor-in-Chief Christopher Berg says that it's common for female officers to face hostility for online photos.
"Having done a few stories about cops getting attention from their Instagram profiles, the clear trend is that shirtless male cops attract much more positive attention, and females cops in bikinis generate disparaging remarks," he said.
Sgt. Carr isn't alone in the law enforcement livestreaming space.
A SWAT officer actually quit his police job after his success at livestreaming games.
"I saw streaming as a way to show people that police officers are just like everyone else. To relate to people. That cops also love things like video games." Donut Operator told Blue Lives Matter. "Because of my stream, I've had hundreds of people contact me about how they once didn't like police but now they understand we're just normal people put into sometime impossible situations."
Sergeant Carr did not respond to to requests for comment.