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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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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
March 05, 2013
Photo: Officer hailed as 'hero' for helping woman in rain

Photo: Officer hailed as 'hero' for helping woman in rain

The photo was picked up by a news station hours later and became a viral hit - Full Story
February 25, 2013
NYPD tactics slash murder rate

NYPD tactics slash murder rate

One approach involves charging teen gang members with conspiracy, using taunts and threats they post on social-media sites - Full Story
February 21, 2013

Social media sites change investigation methods

Some criminals are posting about the crimes they commit, others post false leads - Full Story
February 08, 2013

FBI issues social media safety tips for law enforcement

Criteria broken down by retired by the assistant chief agent at the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center - Full Story
February 05, 2013

Philly DA asks Facebook to take down 'Kill rats' page

By Joseph A. Slobodzian The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia District Attorney... - Full Story
January 31, 2013

Maryland sheriff's office posts 'disturbing' tweet

The post "joked" that the IRS sent back his tax return due to listing illegal immigrants, drug abusers and prisoners among others as dependents - Full Story
January 23, 2013

Court: Sex offender Facebook ban unconstitutional

A federal judge's decision upholding the law was overturned, saying the state was justified in trying to protect children but that the "blanket ban" went too far by restricting free speech - Full Story
January 21, 2013

Ky. police unveil texting program to stop school bullying

Students can anonymously text police about violence, drugs, and other issues - Full Story
January 17, 2013

Calif. police spreading news faster with social media

One town is using Twitter and Nixle to text and email the community important news - Full Story

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