Podcast Quick Clip: How cops use social media to solve crimes

Whether via automated software tools or investigators digging into the internet manually, social media has become an invaluable investigative resource


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Increasingly, law enforcement agencies are utilizing social media to solve (and in some cases, prevent) crime. In fact, back in 2012 IACP issued a report that indicated about 75 percent of agencies were using social media for investigations—four years hence, even more technology tools are available than were in place back then. Whether via automated software tools or individual investigators and detectives digging into the internet manually, social media has become an invaluable investigative resource. Jim and Doug discuss how police use social media to solve crimes.

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In the Policing Matters Podcast, PoliceOne Editor at Large Doug Wyllie and San Francisco Deputy Chief Jim Dudley (ret.) discuss current news, offer advice, thoughts, tips and laughs for officers. Have a topic you want discussed on the show? Send your comments and suggestions to policingmatters@policeone.com, and tune in every other Friday for a new episode. Policing Matters is available for download on SoundCloud and via RSS feed.

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