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.
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