10/22/2013

Social media gaining ground with Mass. police

Massachusetts state police are the leading state department on Twitter with more than 72K followers

By Linda Bock
Telegram & Gazette

HUDSON, Mass. — Hudson Police Detective Chad A. Crogan said he had to sell the idea of using Twitter and Facebook to his bosses. 

Since the Hudson detective started the two social media accounts in May, he has posted road closings, blizzard warnings and police academy photos. Hudson Police Capt. Michael D. Burks Sr. was not a hard sell. He said he had been pushing for the use of social media but the former police chief, Richard Braga, did not want it. 

Police officers are increasingly in the public eye as more and more police departments interact on social media sites. The Worcester, Fitchburg, Leominster, Barre, Blackstone and Webster police departments, as well as state police, are among many in Massachusetts with a social media presence. In fact, of all the state law enforcement agencies in the country, Massachusetts state police ranked first by far with more than 72,000 Twitter followers. New Jersey state police were second with about 28,000 Twitter followers, according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Center for Social Media. 

The International Association of Chiefs of Police's Center for Social Media surveyed 600 law enforcement agencies across the country and found that 92 percent use some form of social media. Of those, 90 percent use Facebook and half use Twitter. 

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