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Facebook: An Officer's User Guide

April 14, 2011
Many of my fellow law enforcement officers are also Facebook users and some hold steadfast that they will never use it. Many officers are against putting any information out on the Web, and I respect that choice. If you do choose to use a social site, I would like to encourage you to consider the following suggestions to avoid trouble.

New Mexico Cop Disciplined for Facebook Posting

April 7, 2011
Albuquerque Police Officer Trey Economidy was placed on desk duty after his description of his job as "human waste disposal" came to light following an officer-involved shooting.

Facebook Posts Bite Dallas Officer

February 18, 2011
Six-year veteran Officer Cat Lafitte has been placed on administrative leave for Facebook posts stating she was "at war" with command staff, and bragging about a fight with a hospital worker.

Facebook To Create AMBER Alert Pages

January 12, 2011
Andrew Noyes, manager of public policy communications at Facebook, says there will be a page for each state, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Officer Disciplined for Posting Romping Goat Photo on Facebook

September 27, 2010
Southfield (Mich.) police responded to a call of two baby goats romping on a residential roof, because keeping goats is illegal within city limits.

The Bikini Car Wash Incident—A Chief's Perspective

September 27, 2010
Bottom line: Think about what you are doing? Give it a reality check and see how you can defend your actions or presence to your boss if something should occur. If you can't come up with at least three good reasons, stay home.

Sexy Car Wash Photos Cost S.C. Officer His Job

September 22, 2010
A Moncks Corner (S.C.) police officer is now out of a job, after photos of bikini-clad women draped on his cruiser showed up on the Facebook page of a tattoo parlor.

N.H. Burglers Robbed Houses Using Facebook Updates

September 13, 2010
The Nashua (N.H.) Police Department's burglary unit recovered between $100,000 and $200,000 in stolen goods and arrested three suspects who identified their victims using social networking sites.

SIG Sauer Launches Facebook Page

May 17, 2010
The goal of the page is to create a place for fans to interact directly with the company and with other enthusiasts, where they can discuss and review SIG's various products, its shooting team, academy and learn about upcoming events.

Gun Rights Advocates Target California Detective Following Facebook Posts

February 16, 2010
Gun rights advocates have a California police detective in their cross hairs after he apparently posted comments on Facebook advocating that "open carry" supporters should be shot.

Gang Members Increasingly Using Twitter and Facebook to Brag

February 3, 2010
The nation's gangs are increasingly turning to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, which is helping law enforcement identify members and learn about their organizations.

Massachusetts Officer May Have Posted Dead Body Picture On Facebook

January 7, 2010
The department is now investigating whether the picture depicting an apparent overdose victim laying face down on a couch with clutter and trash surrounding the couch is authentic.

Watch What You Post

December 10, 2009

Today's cops may still gather over a case of cold beer, but they also gather online using social networking tools such as MySpace and Facebook. Which is a problem for agencies and officers because what many users of social networks don't realize before its too late is that anything they do or say or write on these sites is done so in full view of the public.

Missing Somali-American Men Found On Facebook

March 16, 2009
The FBI investigation is looking into two key questions: Where are the missing men now? And how were they radicalized and recruited inside the Unites States? Facebook could help find the answers.
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