So you have found, or perhaps stumbled upon, The Social Media Beat, the corresponding blog for the IACP Center for Social Media. If you have visited our site you have seen the numerous tools and resources we have made available for the law enforcement community.
But you may be left with a few questions, namely, what is this all about? 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 departments and personnel across the country 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.
So why not just visit the Center for Social Media that is chock full of information for law enforcement personnel who are getting started or looking for new ways to engage their community using social media? Well, The Social Media Beat brings together a team of bloggers who will speak directly to you on the issues that are important right this moment. These bloggers include law enforcement personnel who are standing on the front lines and can provide an inside scoop that is not available anywhere else. We also have bloggers from the International Association of Chiefs of Police that will provide content from a national viewpoint. Our team cares about social media and wants to ensure that law enforcement across the country are well informed and well equipped to take on this important new set of technologies. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we introduce our bloggers.
Members of the Center for Social Media team are in Orlando right now, at the IACP annual conference. Come and visit us at the Programs and Services booth beginning on Sunday, October 24, and find out more about the Center for Social Media and The Social Media Beat. We can’t wait to talk to you.