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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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February 11, 2014

Calif. police use Pinterest board for stolen items

Through the Pinterest online bulletin board, police officers are uploading photos of recovered goods - Full Story
February 10, 2014

Dallas chief wants officers tweeting from crime scenes

Dallas Police Chief David Brown wants police officers to operate with social media in mind - Full Story
February 07, 2014
Minn. man arrested for threatening to kill cops on Twitter

Minn. man arrested for threatening to kill cops on Twitter

A 20-year-old man upset over a speeding ticket from a state trooper turned to Twitter to threaten to kill the trooper and other officers - Full Story
January 28, 2014

Calif. police hop on social media

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office is joining many of its brethren in law enforcement in ramping up its social media presence - Full Story
January 27, 2014

SC cops fight crime with tweets

When Barry Norman was shot and killed in Fountain Inn last year, police used his social media account to help identify suspects - Full Story
January 24, 2014

NYPD Commissioner tweets from closed-door meeting

Message sent during weekly Compstat meeting at 1 PP announces creation of official Twitter account for Bratton - Full Story
January 12, 2014
Gangs find new home on the Internet

Gangs find new home on the Internet

As social media has increasingly become part of daily life, both gangs and law enforcement are trying to capitalize on the reach of this new digital world - Full Story
December 21, 2013

6 times police dominated social media in '13

Police are always cautious when it comes to if and how they’ll use social media to their advantage.... - Full Story
December 18, 2013

Va. police create dating profile to catch perp

Police created a perfect match for Ryan Covington, and set up a blind date for the two to meet - Full Story
December 17, 2013

As homicides drop, Chicago police focus on social networks of gangs

The city organized a closed-door, maps-out, all-hands "gang audit" which identified about 60 active gangs - Full Story

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