A photograph of a pornographic image inside a UCF Police Department patrol car went viral on social media, and was reported as false by UCF PD.
On Saturday, the Twitter user @SippingDonJulio posted the obscene image with the comment, "Let's try to make this a better campus and not squeeze one out on duty."
UCF PD immediately took action and responded to the allegation on Twitter, asking for information about the time and location of when the picture was taken.
After investigating the image over the weekend, UCF PD tweeted a release on Tuesday, stating, "An inappropriate and fake image of one of our patrol cars made the rounds on social media over the weekend. Computer forensics tell us it's a fake made [image] using computer imaging software.
"The image was an offensive attack on our reputation. Our officers work tirelessly to maintain a safe and secure campus for students, faculty, staff members and visitors."
To further reassure the public of its daily tasks, UCF PD has extended a ride-along offer to @SippingDonJulio and others who would like to join an officer on patrol to witness how the department works to save lives.
Twitter user @SippingDonJulio responded to the release, thanking UCF PD for the investigation, saying he was "relieved the picture was false" because he had "seen it floating around and was unsure of where it came from."
For those interested in joining the ride-along offer, more information can be found on UCF PD's Twitter account, @UCFPolice.
Shanae Hardy is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Email her at ShanaeH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.