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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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September 09, 2014

'John-shaming' potent tactic for Calif. police

Bay Area johns have a new worry: finding their mug shots and charges posted on Facebook for all to see - Full Story
September 02, 2014

Video: Former Okla. chief makes public apology over Facebook post

The chief resigned after sharing a video clip to his Facebook page that had a racial slur in the title - Full Story
August 28, 2014

Okla. town's 'Plastic Popo' deters crime, gains following

Officer proved better suited to the task of deterring speeders than experienced cops because of a compelling attribute: He's a dummy - Full Story
August 27, 2014

Video: PD defends actions of cop in traffic stop gone viral

Video shows the officer pulling a gun on the occupants of a vehicle during a traffic stop - Full Story
August 25, 2014

Fugitive arrested after 'ice bucket challenge' reveals location

Man — wanted for violating terms of his parole — posted to Facebook a video of his try at the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - Full Story
August 18, 2014
Photo: Ohio cop goes beyond call of duty for handicapped man

Photo: Ohio cop goes beyond call of duty for handicapped man

An Ohio officer is getting high praise on social media after aiding a man in a wheelchair with his groceries - Full Story
August 15, 2014

Police commission leader: LAPD, Mo. shootings not comparable

Death prompted a backlash on social media against the LAPD, with some comparing it to the shooting of Michael Brown - Full Story
August 14, 2014
Police to civilians: Tweeting during shootings can tip off suspects

Police to civilians: Tweeting during shootings can tip off suspects

Police in Wash. are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what cops are doing - Full Story
August 12, 2014

'Anonymous' launches operation against Mo. PD, hacks website

The group, under the program they’ve coined “Operation Ferguson,” has warned of further consequences if police interfere with civilians protesting the shooting - Full Story
August 12, 2014

Other social media back Facebook in fight over nearly 400 search warrants

The case involves police and fire retirees, allegedly instructed to claim they were too psychologically devastated to work. Instead, they led robust lives - Full Story

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