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Social Media for Cops

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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How agencies are using social media to manage crisis response Leischen Stelter - Education Issues in Public Safety

How agencies are using social media to manage crisis response

Responding quickly — both physically and via social media — can help instill public confidence that the police are aware of, and responding to, an alleged crime in your jurisdiction - Full Story

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Twitter 'ban' for UK cop after student mayhem posts

Cop posted nearly 10,000 messages, often covering incidents - Full Story

Columns

Survey: Citizens want cops on Facebook Hayley Hudson - Stories from the Beat

Survey: Citizens want cops on Facebook

In results released at IACP, respondents said they're only minimally informed of local police activities - Full Story

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NYPD to boost gang unit over social media violence

Teenage crimes fueled by dares, insults traded on Facebook, other sites; unit's size to double - Full Story

Videos

Girl fights to save cop dad's job

An officer whose daughter is "a big daddy's girl" was surprised the 11-year-old made a YouTube video fighting to save his job — and their family home — from budget cuts.

News

Social media training set after Pa. hostage call

Social media training set after Pa. hostage call

A man armed with a hammer and kitchen knife used a hostage's computer to post Facebook messages - Full Story

Exclusives

Cops have fewer rights than criminals

Cops have fewer rights than criminals

What do police officers need to know about the 1st and 4th Amendment rights of public employees? From reader comments to articles I've published, one thing is clear: There's confusion amongst the ranks. - Full Story

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Ariz. cop's demotion over Obama Facebook pic upheld

City leaders said his actions brought embarrassment to the Police Department and to the city - Full Story

Columns

Why cops have fewer rights than criminals Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

Why cops have fewer rights than criminals

What do police officers need to know about the 1st and 4th Amendment rights of public employees? - Full Story

Columns

Case law on public employees' 1st and 4th Amendment rights Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

Case law on public employees' 1st and 4th Amendment rights

As I had said in my column on criminals having more rights that cops, when it comes to free speech, protesters can burn the American flag and call the Pres... - Full Story



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