The Social Media Beat

The Social Media Beat

Monday, August 04, 2014

Tweeting Smart

By IACP Center for Social Media

IACP Center for Social Media

IACP's Center for Social Media is a clearinghouse of information and no-cost resources to help law enforcement use social media.

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Today’s post is courtesy of IACP’s Center for Officer Safety and Wellness. Although social media is beneficial to the law enforcement community in countless ways, its use by community members may also result in unintended, harmful consequences. With the proliferation of smart phones, citizen observers have the capability and right to post photos, updates, and other information about an incident instantaneously, often times before first responders arrive on scene. Law enforcement agencies in the State of Washington see this as a growing concern. A number of Seattle-area agencies are asking civilians to “Tweet Smart” during emergency situations to ensure the safety of first responders. Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste has pointed out the reality that a suspect could be following an incident on social media in real time, which could help him/her escape the scene or provide the opportunity to harm a responding officer by monitoring police movements. What some might see ...

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Friday, December 06, 2013

Promoting Internet Safety within Your Agency

By IACP Center for Social Media

IACP Center for Social Media

IACP's Center for Social Media is a clearinghouse of information and no-cost resources to help law enforcement use social media.

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Using only a Facebook profile and a LinkedIn profile, a woman was able to convince employees at a government agency that she was one of their coworkers and obtained a company laptop and network credentials. She was then able to gain administrative rights and authorities to install applications, obtain passwords, and access documents with sensitive information. While the profile pictures were of a real woman, a waitress at a restaurant near the agency that was targeted, almost everything else was fake. In reality, the woman was two male researchers from a computer and network security company. Her personal information, education and employment history, and IT background were made up. The only other real things were the hundreds of people she befriended—some of whom contacted her with job offers, congratulated her on the fictitious job she updated her profile with, and helped her get the hardware and access she needed—and the holiday e-cards linked to an attack site—that she sent out to ma ...

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Use of Force in the Digital Age

By IACP Center for Social Media

IACP Center for Social Media

IACP's Center for Social Media is a clearinghouse of information and no-cost resources to help law enforcement use social media.

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Today’s post is the tenth in a series of blog posts highlighting IACP 2013 social media workshops. This post is about the Use of Force in the Digital Age session on Wednesday, October 23. The last day of IACP 2013 included one of the most well attended social media workshops during the entire conference – Use of Force in the Digital Age – with Dionne Waugh of the Richmond, Virginia, Police Department. Many workshops during the conference addressed the positive power of images but this workshop tackled the challenging issue of use of force events captured on video. A quick Google or YouTube search shows that many agencies are dealing with issues related to how their officers are portrayed on video taken by citizen observers.   Although video is frequently used to clear officers of accusations of misconduct, encounters captured on video can also portray officers in a negative light. Dionne discussed how the proliferation of social media and images portraying police use of force can ...

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Addressing Online Radicalization to Violence

By IACP Center for Social Media

IACP Center for Social Media

IACP's Center for Social Media is a clearinghouse of information and no-cost resources to help law enforcement use social media.

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Today’s post is the seventh in the series of blog posts highlighting IACP 2013 social media workshops. This post is about the Addressing Online Radicalization to Violence session on Tuesday, October 22. As we have blogged about before here and here, social media is being used by violent extremists to connect, communicate, and engage. This Programs and Research Track workshop focused on needing to understand how and why extremists use social media to help radicalize individuals to violence and how law enforcement can leverage the same sites to counter these violent recruiters. John Markovic, Senior Social Science Analyst from the COPS Office, kicked off the workshop by highlighting the different projects, deliverables, and trainings related to community policing and countering violent extremism (CVE) that the COPS Office has funded. In particular, John noted the deliverables including issue briefs and webinars about online radicalization to violence and how extremists are using specific social medi ...

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Monday, November 04, 2013

Messaging and Relationships

By IACP Center for Social Media

IACP Center for Social Media

IACP's Center for Social Media is a clearinghouse of information and no-cost resources to help law enforcement use social media.

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Today’s post is the third in a series of blog posts highlighting IACP 2013 social media workshops. This post is about The Formula of Messaging, the Skill of Relationships workshop on October 19. This workshop kicked off the Public Information Officers Track at IACP 2013. The content and key themes addressed during this workshop crossed over all communications tools, including, but not limited to, social media. The first panelist, Sergeant Dave Norris of the San Mateo, California, Police Department, discussed how to create meaningful messages and the role of the PIO in today’s law enforcement agency.  Dave described how the PIO plays a critical role in communicating directly with the public AND traditional media outlets. Because of this, the PIO role needs to be tightly integrated with the agency’s social media function because everything an agency posts, regardless of the medium, is a press release. Further, traditional media outlets are constantly searching social media for content, ...

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Using Social Media as an Investigative Tool

By IACP Center for Social Media

IACP Center for Social Media

IACP's Center for Social Media is a clearinghouse of information and no-cost resources to help law enforcement use social media.

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Today’s post is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting IACP 2013 social media workshops. This post is about the Using Social Media as an Investigative Tool session on Sunday, October 20. This Chief Executive Track workshop, kicked off with some highlights from IACP’s fourth annual social media survey including that 86.1% of law enforcement agencies use social media for investigative purposes and 80.4% of agencies state that social media has helped solve crime in their jurisdiction. Director Vernon Keenan of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation discussed the use of technology in law enforcement today and the nexus between privacy and technology in today’s society. Director Keenan acknowledged that there hasn’t been a lot of focus on what law enforcement should and shouldn’t be doing and that case law pertaining to the role of social media in investigations is still emerging. This gap demonstrates that it is imperative that law enforcement executives conduct their activi ...

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Social Media is Going to the Dogs

By IACP Center for Social Media

IACP Center for Social Media

IACP's Center for Social Media is a clearinghouse of information and no-cost resources to help law enforcement use social media.

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There are a lot of different ways to be successful on social media. One of the few universal rules of social media is that people love, love, love pictures of animals. Ask most agencies about their most popular social media posts and they usually involve a picture of a furry friend. Some agencies are taking this a step further... Allowing their K9s to have their very own social media accounts. Here are the K9s we follow and what they have to say: @BPDK9Bushido of the Boston Police Department conversing with BPD Superintendent Ed Davis: @K9Ares of the San Rafael Police Department (K9 Faro also tweets!): @PPDK9Thor of the Philadelphia Police Department: Any other K9s tweeting? Let us know so we can follow them!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

IACP 2013 Social Media Survey Results

By IACP Center for Social Media

IACP Center for Social Media

IACP's Center for Social Media is a clearinghouse of information and no-cost resources to help law enforcement use social media.

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This fall, the IACP conducted its fourth annual social media survey. This year’s survey included 500 agencies representing 48 states. The survey helps to identify trends, challenges, and emerging issues faced by state, tribal, campus, and local law enforcement leaders in the United States.  The information collected is used to help inform the IACP’s Center for Social Media and other IACP efforts. The survey results have been referenced in dozens of news articles and research papers from around the world. We have observed tremendous growth in the use of social media over the last year. As in previous years, the most popular social media activity is criminal investigations:   Some other survey highlights:   •    The most frequently used social media platforms are Facebook (92.1%),        Twitter (64.8%), and YouTube (42.9%). •    57.1% of agencies not currently using social media are considering its   &nb ...

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

IACP Launches Law Enforcement Cyber Center

By IACP Center for Social Media

IACP Center for Social Media

IACP's Center for Social Media is a clearinghouse of information and no-cost resources to help law enforcement use social media.

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As we have discussed on The Social Media Beat, law enforcement can leverage the benefits of social media to educate larger audiences on crime prevention tactics and tips and to promote awareness of important issues. With more of our daily interactions and transactions taking place online, personal information being posted on social media sites and stored on banking and shopping sites, and evidence being stored on networks, law enforcement agencies and communities are more vulnerable to attacks by criminals, hacktivists, and state and nonstate actors. It is fitting since October is both Crime Prevention Month and National Cyber Security Awareness Month, that the IACP announces the establishment of the Law Enforcement Cyber Center, a partnership between the IACP and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. Cyber crimes and cyber threats have a significant nexus to social media and have surpassed global terrorist networks as the most immediate threat posed to the United States at all levels ...

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New Twitter Alerts to Disseminate Emergency and Disaster Information

By IACP Center for Social Media

IACP Center for Social Media

IACP's Center for Social Media is a clearinghouse of information and no-cost resources to help law enforcement use social media.

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Today Twitter announced the launch of Twitter Alerts, a system for public safety, emergency management, and related agencies to send push notifications to disseminate critical information during an emergency or disaster. Law enforcement agencies have priority access to the system. Public agencies can enroll here.

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So you have found, or perhaps stumbled upon, The Social Media Beat, the blog for the IACP Center for Social Media Web site. The Social Media Beat is about three things: social media, law enforcement, and perspective. Here you will find a fresh outlook on the issues that are affecting law enforcement agencies and their personnel when it comes to social media.

Social media is taking the world by storm. Social networks, blogs, photo and video sharing sites, and virtual communities are changing the way people live, work, and play. These tools present unique opportunities as well as challenges to the law enforcement community.  The Social Media Beat brings together a team of bloggers who will speak directly to you about hot topics and current issues.

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