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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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Man offers to shoot citizen for 100 retweets, arrested

Police have arrested a 20-year-old Los Angeles man who allegedly threatened to shoot a random pedestrian if his Twitter post was retweeted a hundred times - Full Story


15 ways law enforcement has changed (for better or worse) P1 Community - The Question

15 ways law enforcement has changed (for better or worse)

Whether through technology, policy, or leadership, law enforcement is always evolving. Some changes ar... - Full Story


City of Austin apologizes to cops for controversial 'police problem' tweet

The city of Austin has apologized for a tweet advising visitors attending South By Southwest to contact the police monitor's office if they have a problem with officers - Full Story


Ga. cops' heroic 'diaper duty' photo goes viral

Two Georgia officers responding to a shoplifting complaint found two small children desperate for a diaper change - Full Story


Video of NOPD cops doing 'the Wobble' goes viral

Winston Harbin and his partner decided to join in on the fun while working at a Carnival.


New tools turn social media into evidence collection

A new technology scans sites like Twitter to act as a virtual stakeout, alerting police when possibly gang activity is occurring - Full Story


Crafty cops use Facebook 'friend request' to nab suspect

Crafty cops use Facebook 'friend request' to nab suspect

The suspect was wanted for several robbery and sexual assault incidents - Full Story


Oakland police fight crime tweet by tweet

Five police commanders regularly use their accounts to post tweets asking residents to help solve crimes or be aware of their surroundings - Full Story


Dallas police unveil new social media strategy, news site

The aim is for the social media sites to give real-time information, especially in the event of a mass casualty incident - Full Story


Is cyberspace law enforcement's new battleground?

Police are finding that social media is a key tool in tracking down criminals in the Bay Area - Full Story

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