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Bratton To Launch Police Social Media Network

July 01, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Bratton Technologies.
Photo courtesy of Bratton Technologies.
Bill Bratton plans to launch the first comprehensive social media network for police officers later this year at the International Association of Police Chiefs annual conference.

Bratton, who has led police forces in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, told Reuters the network will help resource-strapped police agencies better share information. It will be called BlueLine.

"If you're a SWAT officer, it gives you the ability to find other SWAT officers in departments around the country and engage them, share best practices, talk about innovations," Bratton told Reuters.

Bratton hopes to recruit the country's approximately 800,000 active-duty officers into the network, he told PoliceMag.com. Each year as many as 80,000 new officers enter law enforcement, and the site won't replace Facebook, Twitter or other popular social websites, he said.

Screenshot courtesy of Bratton Technologies.
Screenshot courtesy of Bratton Technologies.
"It will be a supplement, because many of them will still go onto Facebook and Twitter for other socialization," Bratton said. "And I have no interest in investigations on this site. It will be a closed professional network."

BlueLine will be developed by Bratton Technologies, a for-profit company. He plans to sell apps to major police vendors, including the Detroit automakers, to finance the network.

BlueLine will be tested this summer by 100 officers in the LAPD, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and University of Southern California police force. Bratton plans to unveil it at the IACP conference in Philadelphia in October.

Tags: IACP Conference, William Bratton, Social Media


Comments (8)

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John Carp @ 7/2/2013 4:14 PM

Whooo-yah Bratton I am so tired of talking to --- hats who infiltrate LE sites! Sign me up!!!!!
Just say'in!
Very respectfully
john

Ol' Cop @ 7/2/2013 4:59 PM

Dumb-d-dum-dum-dum-DUMB! We already have enough coppers getting into trouble with their local agencies and politicians for posting questionable content or something politically incorrect. This goofball Bratton evidently thinks that the media have to go to too much trouble to find cops making the occasional unfortunate comment on their Facebook pages. Now he brings them one stop shopping. This is one of the dumbest ideas yet. Trust me on this one Blues; this is a landmine that we, as a profession, don't need to step on.

Good Cop @ 7/3/2013 7:14 AM

I don't agree. I'm constantly trying to find others with expertise in Gang tactics to identify trends. If this is not for sharing pics of the kids at the beach or complaints it could be useful to me and countless others. The bad guys are organizing online-- time we stepped into the future as a profession.

Concerned @ 7/3/2013 8:00 AM

So with all the hacking incidents and police officers names and addresses being posted on the public forum... While officers constantly are trying to hide their personal info for the safety of themselves and family, you want to create a central network to be potentially hacked for all LEOs to come together? ya no thanks

Bryan @ 7/3/2013 8:00 AM

They already have similar sites just google. No big deal.

john @ 7/3/2013 8:43 AM

Its a good concept but it will be a huge hacking target and given the stupid things police already do and say online it will be hacked and their comments will be posted for all to see and it will end up being a negative for police. If the gov gets hacked all the time you can be sure this site will be hacked. No such thing as secure anymore... Also I'm sick of social networks and I don't want to talk to other cops around the country. Only sparkys will use this.

David Jenest @ 8/10/2013 2:54 AM

REF: "Bill Bratton plans to launch the first comprehensive social media network for police officers later this year at the International Association of Police Chiefs annual conference."

The First? Oh PLEASE! Anyone here remember the Police Only Forum on CompuServe two decades ago? Run by sworn officers FOR sworn office all over the world. Bruce Cameron, Tim Dees, Constable James McNulty, just to name a few great cops who may have saved unarmed UK Officers lives with body armor shipped there from hundred of agencies at no cost with help of volunteers.

I had the distinct and humble pleasure to meet, sponsor a tour and work with an amazing Scottish law enforcement officer. Of the many projects we have lent a hand to over the years, Partners in Safety was one of the most amazing and successful thanks to a man described by those who came to love him as "a small man with a cheeky smile, a quick wit, and an amazing memory for people and places... a visionary and a pioneer of online email discussion groups ... Jim saw what a wonderful opportunity there was to bring police officers from around the world closer together.

He was probably the first "online cop" in this country. Jim always fought for what he believed in, even though that often brought him into conflict with the authorities."

When a number of unarmed British offers had been shot to death in the UK, Jim reported on this in the CompuServe Police Forum. A Lieutenant with Las Vegas Metro PD inquired why the officer hadn't been wearing his body armor, and was horrified to learn that British police officers were not routinely supplied with protective clothing. This officer immediately offered his old set of body armor to any British police officer who wanted it.

David Jenest @ 8/10/2013 2:59 AM

Continuing.... Jim pointed out that one set of body armor would not change anything, and within days he was inundated with offers from all over America, of second-hand body armor. Jim persuaded Richard Branson to fly the armor over to Britain, free of charge, and a group of dedicated volunteers on both sides of the Atlantic sorted, packed and distributed the armor. The 'powers that be' were not happy, and great pressure was put on Jim to stop the project, but he would not back down. As long as British officers wanted this protection, he would continue to supply it, until police forces routinely issued it themselves.

Our friend Jim McNulty, Partners in Safety, Care of Police Survivors Founder and Director passed away October, 1 2004. This remarkable man had leukemia yet refused to allow it to control his life and only ever referring to it as "a nuisance". He had already fought and beaten Hodgkin's disease, tonsil cancer, and skin cancer before doctors told him that the leukemia was terminal, but he proved them wrong over and over again with his sheer determination to live.

Despite his ill health, Jim never stopped thinking of other people and how he could help them. He was determined that police officers who had paid the ultimate sacrifice should not be forgotten, and that their families should be given the support they needed, to rebuild their shattered lives.

Double and triple check claims from politically driven folks that they were or will be "first" to much of anything. Many gain their positions of power on the backs of rank and file dedicated cops who do the job, not for the money or the fame but because it's a calling few would answer.

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