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Text Messaging

New Media, Old Media, and Policing

Most of law enforcement has watched the information age and rising knowledge-worker revolution as curious observers. We should instead embrace the opportunities these innovations have brought us, and communicate directly with the public. After all, we work for them.

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TASER Protector System Reduces Distracted Driving

Through the use of innovative technology, the Protector safe driver system enables families to prevent cell-phone related driving distractions, foster responsible driving behaviors, and have the information necessary to take action in emergency situations.

Connecticut Man Claims Officer 'Sexted' From His Phone

William Vasilakos, 39, filed the suit against officer Michael Presti, according to documents posted to The Smoking Gun. The department in investigating the claim.

Tennessee Rookie Says Inappropriate Text Was Honest Mistake

Cory Franklin, who was dismissed Aug. 9, had been on the job since November and said he was trying to send the picture message to his girlfriend, but accidentally sent it to a fellow officer.

U.S. Supreme Court Allows PDs to Search Officer Pagers

The Ontario (Calif.) Police Department fired Sgt. Jeff Quon after an internal audit determined he had sent a flurry of personal text messages using his department-issued pager.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears SWAT Texting Case

U.S. Supreme Court justices began discussing the merits of the firing of a California SWAT sergeant for receiving sexually explicit text messages on his department-issued pager.

Stopping Sexting at Its Source

Local law enforcement is joining forces with Farmer's Telecommunications Cooperative (FTC) to combat the growing problem of teen "sexting" in DeKalb County, Ga., with an educational DVD.

Dallas Officer Fired For Sexting 17-Year-Old At School

Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle has terminated officer Bryan Crews for sending nude pictures of himself via text message, failing to provide violators with copies of citations and other actions.

Detroit Police to Open Text Tip Line

For weeks, the black-and-orange billboard loomed over I-94 in Detroit with an ambiguous and ominous one-word message: CRIME.

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Ohio Supreme Court Rules Warrant Needed To Search Cell Phones

Ohio patrol officers looking to gather evidence from the cell phones of people they question will now need a search warrant, following a ruling by that state's high court.

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