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Posts for Public Consumption?

Posts for Public Consumption?

If you shot somebody tomorrow, how would the post you put online today read in the mind of Miss Mary Poppins sitting at her breakfast table?

September 9, 2014

Police Cell Phones and Social Media

Unbelievable as it may sound, this was probably the first recorded tactical law enforcement call-out conducted over Facebook. Even though I rarely use Facebook, I knew my officers did and better yet they monitored it. The call-out was successful and the suspect was apprehended.

March 20, 2014

Streamlining the Job

Streamlining the Job

New technology and modern practices are saving wear and tear on everything from budgets to personnel. In an era of doing more with less, it just makes sense.

November 22, 2013

You Have the Right to Record

You Have the Right to Record

The Citizens Empowerment Act is an attempt to thwart criminal investigations by launching them into the court of YouTube. It would require federal officers to serve written notice to people under investigation that they are entitled to record interviews with the officers.

October 25, 2013

On-Body Video: Eye Witness or Big Brother?

On-Body Video: Eye Witness or Big Brother?

The era of on-officer video has arrived. The technology is poised to help keep officers safer and more accountable on the job, while protecting law enforcement agencies from nuisance lawsuits.

July 8, 2013

Social Media Ridealongs

Social Media Ridealongs

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.

March 20, 2013

Online Protection for Cops

Online Protection for Cops

As a public servant you are under constant scrutiny and you are held to a higher standard of ethical conduct than other citizens; this higher standard also covers things like online social networking.

November 18, 2011

Social Media: Online Investigation

Social Media: Online Investigation

Online social networks are already proving themselves invaluable assets to law enforcement. Websites such as Facebook and MySpace provide suspect leads; communities are alerted to missing children and area threats through law enforcement-generated Twitter feeds and e-mail.

October 17, 2011

The Threat of Technology

The Threat of Technology

Officer safety remains a paramount concern even if some choose to ignore it. We are losing our basic skills by relying too much on modern toys to do our jobs for us. In today's world, one of the biggest unrecognized threats to officer safety and survival is technology.

July 11, 2011

Watch What You Post

Watch What You Post

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.

December 10, 2009

The Whole World is Watching

The Whole World is Watching

Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and thousands of other social networking Websites carry information that can be accessed by criminals and their attorneys, as well as by employers.

September 17, 2009

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