The Social Media Beat

The Social Media Beat

Monday, June 15, 2015

#CopsLoveLemonadeStands

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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With kids out of school for the summer, temperatures rising, and lemonade stands popping up on sidewalks across America, my department recently began a new social media initiative called #CopsLoveLemonadeStands, and we are encouraging any interested police agency to join in! As we saw with the incredible international success of the recent IACP hashtag campaign #WhyIWearTheBadge for National Police Week, a remarkable number of people want to see positive stories about police officers on social media. The #CopsLoveLemonadeStands initiative dovetails with this, and falls nicely into place and in-line with the social media recommendations of President Obama's Task Force on 21st-Century Policing. The idea was the brainchild of two members of our patrol division, Sergeant Ben Becchetti and Officer Dave Pecoraro. They wanted me to put out a social media post asking the community to tell us when their children were going to have lemonade stands, so that a patrol team could stop by for some positive community inter ...

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

#WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesdays, Keeping the Campaign Going Strong

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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Agencies all over the world are taking to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and even Periscope to share their #WhyIWearTheBadge stories and to connect with the communities they serve. The #WhyIWearTheBadge campaign was designed to highlight the diversity and commitment of those in the law enforcement profession. Social Media Beat blogger, Tim Burrows, discussed the importance of the campaign and noted that it was important not only for law enforcement, but for the communities they serve as well. To keep this campaign going, the IACP has started a blog series titled #WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesdays. The series kicked off with a post from Woodway, Texas, Police Sergeant Khalil Abdallah El-Halabi who shared his journey from a war-torn country to living the American dream and serving his community. Jefferson County, Colorado, Sheriff’s Deputy and School Resource Officer Dee Patterson also wrote a post where she admits that sometimes the job is difficult, but that caring for the students, parents, teacher ...

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Friday, April 03, 2015

Nextdoor: The Next Big Thing for LESM?

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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Has your agency signed up for Nextdoor yet? If not, you should consider signing up for this free, private social network and joining more than 700 government agencies and police departments already using it across the United States. Nextdoor is a fantastic way to open lines of communication within your community, the sort of two-way engagement that is a key component of the IACP’s new Presidential Initiative “Protect and Serve.”  Nextdoor has enjoyed exponential growth since their launch in 2012, and is now in use in more than 56,000 neighborhoods across the country. Here in Palo Alto, we’ve been using Nextdoor since October 2013, and we’ve seen a number of benefits that are unique to their platform.  The primary benefit is that Nextdoor only enrolls verified residents of your jurisdiction into their platform.  At the time one of your residents creates an account, they have to provide proof of residency to Nextdoor.  No other social media platform that ...

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Friday, February 06, 2015

Help Deter Cybercrime by Participating in Global Safer Internet Day

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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Cybercrime is a global threat to the economic and the physical security of every nation. It is one of the leading crime problems facing the world today and in the foreseeable future. That is why IACP President Richard Beary made cybercrime one of his Presidential Initiatives this year. Our law enforcement organizations must be prepared to recognize and investigate these crimes. As part an effort to raise awareness around cybercrime and to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, the IACP will be sharing over social media a monthly tip in a hope to help reduce cybercrime. We will be kicking off the monthly tip by participating in Global Safer Internet Day on February 10, 2015. In celebration of Global Safer Internet Day, we will be posting the following tip on the IACP’s social media accounts. We encourage you to participate in this day by sharing our post, posting the tip displayed below, or creating one of your own.    ...

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Using Social Media to Protect and Serve

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 regular readers—and even those not-so-regular readers—of The Social Media Beat know, law enforcement agencies of all sizes across the world are using social media in innovative and effective ways. Social media provides law enforcement agencies the opportunity to reach out to, and engage, a broad and diverse audience. Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or one of the many other social media platforms out there, social media opens the lines of communication, creates new levels of transparency, and enhances relationships between community members and law enforcement. In fact, in the 2014 Social Media Survey, more than 75 percent of agencies surveyed stated that social media had improved police-community relations in their jurisdiction. IACP Director of Research and Programs, and former Chief of Police in Greenville, North Carolina, Hassan Aden, testified before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing about the importance of leveraging social media, ...

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Using Nextdoor to Expand Community Engagement

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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Those who stayed until the final afternoon of the IACP Annual Conference were treated to a fascinating case study of community engagement, courtesy of the Sacramento (CA) Police Department and featuring their use of the social network Nextdoor. Chief Samuel Somers, Jr., Lieutenant Charles Husted, and Social Media Coordinator Jena Swafford teamed up to provide an in-depth analysis of how their agency has used Nextdoor to expand engagement with their community as they transitioned to a geographic policing model.  Sacramento, a capital city of 500,000 residents, had been hit particularly hard by the recession.  Between 2007 and 2013, for example, the Police Department endured a 35% cut in its workforce, which led to the disbanding of their former community-oriented policing model. Since then, Chief Somers has led his agency through a remarkable rebuilding phase with the vision of “Making Sacramento the Safest Big City in California.”  By relying on the core principles of protecti ...

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

LESM at IACP 2014

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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It’s September at IACP Headquarters which means the weather is unpredictable, pumpkin spice lattes abound, and our staff is in conference mode. The countdown is on… just 36 days until IACP 2014 kicks off in Orlando, Florida.  The conference also marks the fourth anniversary of the Center for Social Media’s launch.   As in previous years, there are a number of social media related workshops including sessions in the public information officer track, the chief executive track, and the technology and information sharing track, among other tracks. For those of you able to attend #IACP2014, we have prepared a summary of the LESM workshops taking place. It’s a great lineup covering a wide range of topics with sessions aimed at novices and experienced social media managers. Many of The Social Media Beat bloggers will be attending – and presenting – so be sure to say hello. If you aren’t able to attend our social media conference within a conference, the Nov ...

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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

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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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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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