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In the Social Media for Cops section you’ll find news reports and expert articles dealing with all things social media. Facebook and Twitter are being used by officers to connect with each other, with the public, and with departments around the world, sometimes for fun and other times to help solve crimes.
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April 23, 2014

NYPD's Twitter request for photos from public backfires

A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired — in a very public way - Full Story
April 10, 2014

'Tweeting troopers' take citizens on digital ride-alongs

In an age where the world is hungry for information, the KHP formed the Tweeting Troopers as a way to share traffic warnings and tips - Full Story
April 02, 2014

FF under investigation after post about police 'killing suspects'

The department has a social media policy and appropriate action will be taken after the investigation - Full Story
April 02, 2014

Calif. cops trace pros and cons of social media

One department's Facebook page is now devoted to cold cases in hopes that online discussion will generate new leads - Full Story
March 31, 2014

Mich. woman caught violating probation after cop sees Facebook boast

22-year-old was put on probation for a drunken driving conviction in 2012 and was called in for a random breathalyzer test - Full Story
March 29, 2014

Conn. police turn to Facebook to solve crimes

The department started using its 'Like' page to post evidence to generate leads - Full Story
March 14, 2014

Man offers to shoot citizen for 100 retweets, arrested

Police have arrested a 20-year-old Los Angeles man who allegedly threatened to shoot a random pedestrian if his Twitter post was retweeted a hundred times - Full Story
March 12, 2014

City of Austin apologizes to cops for controversial 'police problem' tweet

The city of Austin has apologized for a tweet advising visitors attending South By Southwest to contact the police monitor's office if they have a problem with officers - Full Story
March 05, 2014

Ga. cops' heroic 'diaper duty' photo goes viral

Two Georgia officers responding to a shoplifting complaint found two small children desperate for a diaper change - Full Story
March 01, 2014

New tools turn social media into evidence collection

A new technology scans sites like Twitter to act as a virtual stakeout, alerting police when possibly gang activity is occurring - Full Story



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