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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 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
January 11, 2013

EU police agency opens unit to tackle cybercrime

It will combat online offenses from banking fraud to peddling images of child sex abuse - Full Story
January 10, 2013
Dept. releases iPhone driving app

Dept. releases iPhone driving app

The app, known as 'First Response,' takes the form of a game, challenging members of the public to a time trial lap around a virtual version of the grounds of the force headquarters - Full Story
January 04, 2013
Teen’s Facebook boast leads to hit-and-run arrest

Teen’s Facebook boast leads to hit-and-run arrest

A status bragging about his drunk charades quickly spread to Ore. police - Full Story
December 28, 2012
'Virtual' police ridealongs via Twitter on the rise

'Virtual' police ridealongs via Twitter on the rise

Also known as 'tweetalongs,' events are set for a specific number of hours, with an officer or 'designated Tweeter' posting their calls and experiences - Full Story

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