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New San Bernardino, Calif., Chief Embraces Social Media to Promote Transparency

December 09, 2013  | 

Changes envisioned by its new interim Chief Jarrod Burguan are making their way into the San Bernardino (Calif.) Police Department, reports The Sun.

Burguan, who was confirmed by the San Bernardino City Council at its weekly meeting last Monday, and began in his interim role Saturday, dreams of a transparent department with little controversy.

"I want to get better at getting information out to residents about what's going on in their neighborhoods," Burguan said. "I'm in the process of getting our leadership in the habit of using social media as a tool to distribute that information."

He said other agencies are becoming very progressive with their use of social media and Burguan wants his department to move in that direction.

Comments (5)

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Boston @ 12/9/2013 4:57 PM

The more you say the more problems you create with the civie population. Been on Wastebook lately? Good Luck!

Cam @ 12/10/2013 1:20 AM

I would like to know how the chief thinks this will help. Does he have goals, and what does he hope to accomplish with this approach?

Boston @ 12/10/2013 5:37 AM

@Cam Probably appeasing the touchy feelie politics of the San Bernerdino City Council. The police departments need to show much more compassion for policing these days even if LEOs get spit at verbally abused and our life is threatened. Just a normal day in the neighborhood!

tedb @ 12/10/2013 9:07 AM

SAN BERDO??? Isn't that one of the bankrupt cities that can't pay their employees and wants to default on the pension obligations? And they have the time and money for social media?

txlawman @ 12/10/2013 10:50 AM

It works great for us. We have just under 2 million people and 3800 officers. We distribute crime stats, suspicious persons and cars, burglary vehicle descriptions, etc. We get a lot of tips back which have resulted in some exellent arrests. We can also give the full story to a controversy when the media doesn't. It has helped tremendously in that respect and the citizens are mad at the media. Gotta love it!

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