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Social Media for Cops

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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May 21, 2013

Austin chief apologizes for angry Twitter war

The police chief and an anonymous person on Twitter got into a heated debate that ended with the chief deleting his post - Full Story
May 21, 2013

Suspect caught 12 hours after taunting police on Facebook

Police were hoping the post with his mugshot would attract tips - not a taunt from the suspect - Full Story
May 17, 2013

Waitress fired after bashing Okla. police on Facebook

After a previous negative experience with police, she snapped a picture of three cops and added a threatening caption - Full Story
May 03, 2013

YouTube removing bomb-making videos ASAP

YouTube and other viral video sites are struggling to keep up with the amount of reported videos due to such a high volume of content - Full Story
April 24, 2013

Facebook helps cops crack 45 year old case

Authorities say a Facebook posting has helped police figure out who was driving a car that fatally struck a 4-year-old girl 45 years ago - Full Story
April 16, 2013

Law enforcement 2.0: How to build your virtual police department

An effective partnership with your community today means an awareness and a unique media presence - Full Story
April 05, 2013

Gangs rat selves out by bragging on Twitter

East Harlem has been cleared of 63 dangerous gangsters who openly incriminated themselves in slang-filled, misspelled postings on Twitter - Full Story
March 28, 2013

NYPD tells officers to keep social media clean

An internal order advises them to be careful with what they reveal online — even urging them not to disclose that they're on the force - Full Story
March 25, 2013

Mass. police broadcast 'what it takes to be a cop'

Videos that debut on the department's social media pages show what the life of a cop is like for aspiring recruits - Full Story
March 19, 2013

Wis. police create viral videos to catch criminals

The police captain hopes that spreading the faces of misdemeanor offenders will prompt more tips or people turning themselves in - Full Story



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Social Media for Cops Columnists

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