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False Alarm Siren in Ohio Offers Reminder for Police Trainers
Training for Threats on Schools Made Via Social Media

Training for Threats on Schools Made Via Social Media

With 2022 now upon us—and the omnipresent threat of a sequel to Omicron looming in the dark recesses of unquiet adolescent minds—the possibility that the type of threat presented on TikTok in the final days of the Fall '21 school semester still lingers.

January 7, 2022

Own the Internet: Best Practices for Police Agencies on Social Media
Preventing School Shootings is Everybody's Business

Preventing School Shootings is Everybody's Business

Earlier this week, we reported on two separate incidents in which police in California arrested four teens—three in the first case, one in the second—possibly preventing two school shootings. You want to know another great way to prevent active killers in schools? Stop glorifying those atrocities and the sick murderers who commit them.

September 20, 2019

Celebrating the Heroism of American Police Officers

Celebrating the Heroism of American Police Officers

Acts of heroism happen all the time in big cities and small communities alike. Officers with departments of all sizes rise to the occasion on a daily basis to ensure the health and welfare of the civilians they serve.

July 19, 2019

The Perils and Pitfalls for Police Officers Posting on Social Media

The Perils and Pitfalls for Police Officers Posting on Social Media

An organization recently made available to the media a significant database of social media posts—that they deem to be potentially offensive—from thousands of officers from places such as Philadelphia, Dallas, Phoenix, St. Louis, and elsewhere. Internal investigations have been launched at several of those agencies. Here's why cops need to use social media cautiously.

June 14, 2019

How Boomers and Gen Y Can Bridge the Tech Gap

How Boomers and Gen Y Can Bridge the Tech Gap

Technology is catching up with the demands of the profession, and the Gen Yers are very adept at using that technology. With baby boomers at the helm of most law enforcement agencies, the technology isn't being used to its full potential.

September 18, 2013

How to Listen to PoliceMag.com Podcasts

How to Listen to PoliceMag.com Podcasts

Whether you're stuck in traffic on the way home from a shift or mowing your lawn on a Saturday, POLICE podcasts offer another great way to connect with the community of cops.

June 13, 2013

Twitter Comes of Age for Law Enforcement

Twitter Comes of Age for Law Enforcement

One of the most lasting lessons that came out of the way law enforcement handled the Boston Marathon bombing came in the Twitterverse, where the Boston Police Department provided a clear beacon for using the social media platform.

May 21, 2013

Get Social With POLICE Magazine

Get Social With POLICE Magazine

Every day, we share POLICE content with you in a multitude of ways. And because our print magazine reaches you only once a month, we've set up plenty of other social channels for you to interact with the best law enforcement content on the web.

May 16, 2013

Using a Photo's Meta Data To Find a Location

Using a Photo's Meta Data To Find a Location

Within most digital pictures, cameras store meta data called EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) within the header of the file. This data can give you major clues about the origin of the photo.

May 10, 2013

Police Links: From Pranks to Attacks

Police Links: From Pranks to Attacks

April contained plenty of fools this year, it seems. As expected this time of year, at least one prank on the first of the month became much more serious than probably intended. Unfortunately, the biggest continuing story of the month was the Boston Marathon bombing. Thankfully, law enforcement was on top of it. Cops don't suffer fools gladly.

April 29, 2013

Police Officers on Wanted Posters

Police Officers on Wanted Posters

Two New York officers threatened in a gang wanted poster should consider the threats from the bad guys a true compliment. It means they are making a real difference.

April 8, 2013

Coming Into My Own

Coming Into My Own

Once while attending a force training seminar, I spoke quite critically of a deputy-involved shooting wherein a pregnant bystander was shot and killed. It was the kind of thing that was easy to grandstand on—or so I thought—and so I did. A lieutenant who was more intimately acquainted with the details of the incident quickly set me straight. The dressing down I received was pretty severe, and I didn't like it one bit. But I had it coming. In spades.

November 8, 2012

Social Media Analytics in Law Enforcement

Social Media Analytics in Law Enforcement

Law enforcement agencies and first responders would do well to acclimate themselves to social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media sites. Such capabilities can provide crucial information during civil unrest, natural disasters, and other disturbances.

September 20, 2012

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