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Police Facebook Pages?

If you’re interested in British Police use of social media, you should definitely follow Mike Downes (@mikedownesmedia) who produces an incredibly useful monthly statistical update on UK police social media accounts. In his latest post, Mike...

Posted May 2, 2013    

Best Police Social Media Practice Across Europe

There was a bit of a backlash against the police use of social media, particularly Twitter, towards the end of 2012 with many of us feeling that @J_amesP was unfairly picked on. We wish him well in 2013, but it’s clear that although police services...

Posted January 21, 2013    

Breaking Down Tech Barriers

  LTE devices and nationwide network pave way for public safety’s future On a timeline of public safety innovation and advancements, 2012 will be marked as a blockbuster year. The creation of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN...

Posted December 24, 2012    

Police on Pinterest?

How might a police department use Pinterest? You can see for yourself. Philadelphia's police department is now on Pinterest, and using the image sharing site to increase community engagement and put the spotlight on Philly's most wanted.  From...

Posted November 24, 2012    

Introducing PIOpost, The Social Media Dashboard for Public Safety Agencies

  In a recent survey performed by Accenture, citizens were asked if they felt as though police agencies were maximizing their use of technology to communicate with the public.  The results of the survey were quite clear – three quarters of...

Posted October 29, 2012    

Getting to Know Your Nextdoor Neighbor in Texas

  The Richland Hills Police Department is taking yet another step forward its social media journey. The PD started in 2010 with Facebook and, after attending a SMILE Conference, moved forward with Twitter, a YouTube channel, and a Google Plus...

Posted October 6, 2012    

Citizens Play a Big Role in Policing Social Media

  Editor’s note: The SMILE (Social Media, the Internet and Law Enforcement) Conference provides officers with all the technical hands-on skills and the practical knowledge to utlitze social media platforms for public outreach, crime prevention...

Posted September 23, 2012    

Claim Your Social Media Community on Facebook

If a community page exists for your department, here’s how you can claim it It’s possible your police department has a page on Facebook that no one associated with the department. I’m not referring to pages created by impersonators. That’s a...

Posted September 2, 2012    

Social Media Quick Tip: Is Facebook Truly a Public Forum?

  It’s the kind of lawsuit that’s been anticipated and predicted by many, especially within law enforcement. Earlier this week, the Honolulu Police Department was named in a complaint over deleted Facebook posts. According to the Associated...

Posted August 28, 2012    

Role of Social Media in Law Enforcement Significant and Growing

A comprehensive survey focused on the impact of social media on law enforcement in criminal investigations revealed that currently four out of five respondents use various social media platforms to assist in investigations and found agencies serving...

Posted July 22, 2012    

Stop and Search and Replay...

  Stop and search has always been a friction point between police and the communities they serve. Indeed several commentators cited it as a potential contributory factor to last year’s riots. The New York equivalent “Stop-and-Frisk” has proved...

Posted July 8, 2012    

A New Platform for Community Engagement and Neighbourhood Watch in the 21st Century

  Summary: The New South Wales Police Force’s , (Australia) eyewatch program brings the community and police together to communicate and solve problems, using Social Media – facebook. The NSWPF has two strategies: Local Community policing...

Posted June 28, 2012