The Merseyside Police Department have apologized and announced that an investigation is underway after the official Twitter account made an attempt at a humorous response to an offensive tweet to begin with.
The spokesperson went back on the official Twitter a few minutes later as the outrage took off.
We would like to apologise for any offence caused by inappropriate tweets from the force account this afternoon. They do not reflect (1/3)— Merseyside Police (@MerseyPolice) November 1, 2015
the strenuous efforts made by Merseyside Police to investigate serious sexual crimes and protect victims. (2/3)— Merseyside Police (@MerseyPolice) November 1, 2015
An full investigation has been launched into the inappropriate use of the Merseyside Police Twitter account. (3/3)— Merseyside Police (@MerseyPolice) November 1, 2015
Various sections of the population had criticized the department for the gaffe, but the person behind the tweets was not identified.