5 ways social media can prevent youth violence
Build positive relationships with technology and your community will become a safer place
"A mass shooting like you saw at Safeway has been stopped in Toronto because of relationships built with technology," Constable for the Toronto Police Service Scott Mills said at the SMILE Conference Tuesday.
"In a timely way, [a member of the community was] able to reach out to an officer on Facebook, which happened to be me. We ended up doing an investigation and we ended up apprehending the person."
The Toronto Police Service is on the forefront of social media in law enforcement and Mills is currently their Social Media Officer. He shared five keys for departments to build positive relationships with technology in ways that will make the community safe.
"When we got that call, it wasn't, 'I better get my gun;' it was 'I better get the charger for my Blackberry,'" he said. "If we didn’t have relationships and technology and social media, you might be reading about that [potential incident] around the world."
"It’s our duty to prevent."
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