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Anti-Pension Propaganda from Shadowy Websites

Anti-Pension Propaganda from Shadowy Websites

Public employee critics in their continuing attempt to place all blame for economic woes on public employees have begun a new line of attack. This time they're employing social media and shadowy websites to bolster their cause.

April 11, 2013

PoliceMag Launches Patrol Podcast

PoliceMag Launches Patrol Podcast

This uncharacteristically short blog announces the forthcoming Patrol podcasts I will be conducting for PoliceMag.com. You can listen to these podcasts in the Podcasts section of Policemag.com, or subscribe to our iTunes feed. The first one is available now.

September 12, 2012

PoliceMag Launches Top Blogs E-newsletter

PoliceMag Launches Top Blogs E-newsletter

We've launched "Top Blogs," a new e-newsletter that will bring you the very best POLICE blog posts every month. We're kicking it off Jan. 25, and you can expect it on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

January 25, 2012

Online Security for Cops

Online Security for Cops

I know we're all proud of our vocation. We want to show pride, professionalism and sometimes a little of bravado. Just keep it off the 'net!

January 24, 2012

Self Study Gives You the Edge

Self Study Gives You the Edge

It never hurts to drop a few bucks and work on your pistol craft. This goes for hitting the gym or doing some roadwork. So don't tell me you can't burn some midnight oil and sharpen your most potent weapon of all—your mind.

January 4, 2012

Facebook: An Officer's User Guide

Facebook: An Officer's User Guide

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.

April 14, 2011

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words…And Maybe Some Punitive Time Off

Even if one could somehow rationalize his way around such ghoulish behavior, it carries with it too many risks. And one day, regardless of whether or not such pictures fall into the wrong hands or cause yourself any other grief, you may well regret taking them.

January 24, 2011

Ink and Internet Indiscretions

Ink and Internet Indiscretions

Posting party photos online and getting tattoos is OK for most people, but police agencies will expect you to be more careful of the image you project.

June 17, 2010

High-Tech Troubles

High-Tech Troubles

Say you're texting another cop about a case. Are these texts discoverable? Freedom of information and open records laws are evolving as we speak. Learn your state's laws and how they apply to you.

April 6, 2010

Is Your Department Blogging?

Is Your Department Blogging?

More often than not, police departments post "just the facts, ma'am" news releases on their websites about the latest criminals that have been apprehended. But a few forward-looking departments are using the social media tool of blogging to strengthen the bond with their community.

August 4, 2009

Improve Your Cybercrime Expertise

Learn more about how to stop people who hang out in chat rooms waiting for unsuspecting victims or send fraudulent e-mails about money scams this summer at the National Forensics Training Center.

July 15, 2009

Gang Turf in Cyberspace

Gangs have evolved in criminal and technical sophistication from the school dropouts of the 1960s. Today's gang members utilize all the modern electric means of communication including laptop computers, iPods, Blackberrys, video cameras, and multiple function cellular telephones.

November 7, 2008

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