|A reminder to patrol your social networking pages|
PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie
Following the chaotic first few hours of the Fort Hood attack, initial reports poured in that Sgt. Kimberly Munley was the officer who had shot Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. Moments later, all the news networks were scrambling to find out anything they could about her.
The photo that soon popped up on every cable news network show and major newspaper Web site (as well as on PoliceOne) was attributed to her “profile” on the Twitter social networking service.
PoliceOne Contributor Shawn Hughes sent us an e-mail within which there is an excellent tech tip.
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman puts it this way in a gem of wisdom buried deep in the Appendix of On Combat: “If I do what I am considering, would I want my family to know about it?” Too many times in the past 12 months there have been reports that officers have been disciplined (and demonized in their local papers) for images and comments made on their personal social networking pages. Remember, while those pages are “your space” they are also visible to anyone savvy enought to surf the Internet.
For an excellent list of other do’s and don’t for cops on Internet social networks, check out this recent article by Dr. Richard Weinblatt.
Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 750 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community.
On a daily basis, Doug is in close personal contact with some of the top subject-matter experts in law enforcement, regularly tapping into the world-class knowledge of officers and trainers from around the United States, and working to help spread that information and insight to the hundreds of thousands of officers who visit PoliceOne every month.
Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).
Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.
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