There is an old saying that says in order to receive, you must first give. Giving back to the community is critical if you want its help. The key to getting the community to help you revolves around your getting involved with the community.
Not only do social media help agencies establish better community ties, they also provide them with auxiliary networks of support personnel, informants, and sympathetic witnesses.
The Greenfield (Wis.) Police Department's 2012 Subaru WRX STI, acquired on a courtesy lease from Schlossmann's Subaru City, makes an impression. The department has been using the vehicle for community relations, traffic enforcement, and cruising enforcement. Several violators have requested a ride to jail in the backseat of this police rally car. Read the full story here. The car was featured in a photo shoot by Jay Baumgardner.
The city of Corpus Christi, Texas, recently explained its switch from Ford Crown Victoria police sedans to Chevrolet Tahoe PPVs with this City Council television program that was posted to YouTube. Read the full story here.
The Collier County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office released the video "Safety Style" as a parody of the internet sensation "Gangham Style" to remind citizens to stay safe during the holidays.
The Tampa Police Department provides their lip-sync version of the Carly Rae Jepsen hit to tell their community to call with crime tips and information.
The Portland Police Bureau posted the video "It Gets Better," a compilation of interviews with LGBT officers discussing their experiences of being gay, lesbian, or transgender.