Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media
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Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media
As a Criminal Justice major at Old Dominion University, I have always been interested with the interactions of law enforcement and the public. This has always been a two-way street: law enforcement is dependent on the assistance of the public to solve crimes; and the public is dependent on the services of law enforcement for safety and protection. With the introduction of social media, the scope of this relationship becomes increasingly public.  Through this “curation,” I examined the ongoing and ever-expanding relationship between law enforcement, society, and social media. Whether Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other for of social media, these articles highlight its use and how it is being utilized by law enforcement to assist in solving crimes, gaining intelligence, and providing safety information. This “curation” also shows the power that social media provides for society. At times, these uses may pose questions of the abuse of power, Constitutional Rights violations, or stupidity. In the end, whatever your conclusion, social media has changed the relationship between these entities. My hope is that this "curation" provides you with enough information to understand the impact of social media within these two entities and will allow you to determine whether its use within these relationships does more harm or more good for each party.
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Law Enforcement’s Unfamiliar Territory

Law Enforcement’s Unfamiliar Territory | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
Alex Gerage is a graduating senior at Loyola University Chicago double majoring in communication and political science. This fall, he will attend graduate...
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As early as 2010, agencies realized social media could be used as a tool. This article highlights many of the topics relating to the use of social media and how law enforcement intends to use them. The focus is on how law enforcement intends to use social media; what networks they intend to use; and the reservations and difficulties they foresee incorporating social media into their agencies.

 

These are a few scoops within my curation to show how social media is working for them:

 

Sheriff's tweets among most popular in US - A More Personal Use

 

Police Expand Crime And Safety Awareness Through Social Media

 

Cops 'Pinning' Crime on Social Media

 

Monitoring Social Media for Real Time Crisis

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Solving Crime with Social Media

Solving Crime with Social Media | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
Tracking Crime via Social MediaLaw enforcement agencies at the state, local and federal levels use social media to gather evidence, solicit crime tips, and identify people and locations, among other things.
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Almost everyone with a phone or computer has access to social media. It is only logical that law enforcement agencies take advantage of these resources to aid them in apprehending criminals and solving crimes. But exactly how do state, local, and federal agencies use these resources? Take a look inside this graphic for information.

 

For specific ways in which law enforcement uses Pinterest, look for this scoops listed below: Cops 'Pinning' Crime on Social Media - SiteProNews and Fighting crime through the powers of social media - The Media Octopus.

 

For specific ways in which law enforcement uses Facebook, look for this scoops listed below: Law enforcement using Facebook more as a go-to tool

 

For specific ways in which law enforcement uses Twitter, look for this scoops listed below: Okla. sheriff's tweets among most popular in US,  Crime scene: Fighting crime many tweets at a time - The Journal News | LoHud.com, and Investigating Twitter: Mining social media for intel

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Cops 'Pinning' Crime on Social Media

Cops 'Pinning' Crime on Social Media | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
Numerous police agencies have hopped on the social network scene in a bid to both get their messages out and to interact with the public. However, police i
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In an attempt to reach a variety of consumers, local law enforcement agencies are using Pinterest to advertise stolen goods to ensure they are reunited with their rightful owners.

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Law enforcement using Facebook more as a go-to tool

Law enforcement using Facebook more as a go-to tool | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
RACINE COUNTY — When the Boston Marathon bombing occurred last year, police there used social media to get information out to the public.
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The Boston Marathon bombing coverage proves that expansion of social media use can be extremely beneficial in certain instances, yet there are times when its use proves deadly. Compare this scoop with the scoop below: http://walkingthesocialmediabeat.com/2014/06/07/the-publics-right-to-know-vs-the-police-and-publics-right-to-safety/

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Monitoring Social Media for Real Time Crisis

Monitoring Social Media for Real Time Crisis | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
Professional Crisis Intervention and Prevention In Social Media
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Social media has become an voice for those contemplating suicide. Agencies monitor social media to intercept suicide "notes" and offer individuals assistance.

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Crime scene: Fighting crime many tweets at a time

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Crime scene: Fighting crime many tweets at a time
The Journal News | LoHud.com
When I got to UVA in 2011, there were folks here looking at crime and building crime prediction models.
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This article highlights the use of social media as a predictive tool rather than a reactive tool. In my opinion, this is one of the most beneficial uses of social media for agencies.

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Police Turn to Social Media to Fight Crime, Dispel Rumors

Police Turn to Social Media to Fight Crime, Dispel Rumors | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
Whether its fighting crime or squashing rumors, police departments around the country and relying more heavily on social media than ever before.
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Police are even branching out to find new social media avenues to assist the public. Some of these applications may even take the place of traditional neighborhood watch programs as agencies continue to discover ways in which social media is a benefit rather than a burden to their departments.

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Can a FastFWD company turn cops into data scientists?

Can a FastFWD company turn cops into data scientists? | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
By analyzing social media feeds, the hope is that police can be pro-active, instead of reactive, when it comes to crime.
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Data mining and social media converge into what could possibly be the wave of the future for gathering information and predicting crime. This convergence provides a tool for law enforcement agencies to become proactive instead of reactive.

 

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Stealing Cell Phone Data Is So Easy, Even Local Police Departments Can Do It

Stealing Cell Phone Data Is So Easy, Even Local Police Departments Can Do It | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
Can an 11th Circuit Court ruling stem the tide of International Mobile Subscriber Identity catchers?

Via Randy L. Dixon Rivera
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A great majority of us rely on our mobile devices to share information via text messages. Media convergence enables us to utilize our cell phones for many different tasks. Do law enforcement agencies have the legal right to monitor these devices without your knowledge?

 

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It's like the 4th Amendment don't even exist anymore. 

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The public's right to know vs the police and public's right to safety

The public's right to know vs the police and public's right to safety | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
In less than three hours you could drive from Moncton, New Brunswick to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Moncton, scene of a horrific event that started Wednesday night that played out in real life and simult...
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A look at the cons of interactivity and how it may affect intelligence gathering, communications, and safety of law enforcement officers and the general public.

 

This scoop contrasts the scoop listed above: Killeen: Police Expand Crime And Safety Awareness Through Social Media . Should certain activities be banned from social media?

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Investigating Twitter: Mining social media for intel

Investigating Twitter: Mining social media for intel | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
Twitter is changing the way police agencies do business. Don’t believe me? Look no further than what happened in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. With a feverish thirst for information, people flocked to the @Boston_Police Twitter page, which more than doubled its
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Police use hashtags such as #alarm, #gunshot, #fight in the data mining process to monitor and track crime.

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Police scan social media after 3 killed in South Carolina shooting

Police scan social media after 3 killed in South Carolina shooting | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Police in Myrtle Beach, S.C. are studying videos on YouTube and Instagram and asking people to send any cellphone pictures to help identify gunmen in a weekend shooting that killed three people.
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Police ask for help from the public and use YouTube to aid them in identifying gunmen.

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The New Crime Fighting Tool

The New Crime Fighting Tool | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
Social Media: The New Crime Fighting Tool http://t.co/Lx4fjD1bP2

Via steve batchelder
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As social media continues to grow, its use proliferates and provides consumers all over the world with a platform that allows sharing of information for protection purposes.

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Social Media vs. Police Brutality

Social Media vs. Police Brutality | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
Unlawful and yet peaceful demonstrations could have been interpreted as serious offences by the many fragile and newly democratic regimes of the 1990s. But not today. Protesters need protection from harsh crackdowns.
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Some of this curation focuses on the benefits of social media through the eyes of law enforcement agencies. There are, however, instances when social media may work against law enforcement agencies and bring question to its use. Evidence is seen in this scoop as real-time video and information can be disseminated throughout the world within a matter of minutes. This article highlights the power of social media and its ability to empower consumers.

 

For scoops relating to questionable uses of social media and law enforcement, look for these scoops within my curation:

 

 As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred

 

The public's right to know vs the police and public's right to safety

 

Stealing Cell Phone Data Is So Easy, Even Local Police Departments Can Do It
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Agencies Using Social Media

Agencies Using Social Media | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
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Consumers have a tremendous grasp on the workings of social media. How are law enforcement agencies utilizing these same media to aid them in their duties?

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Cyber Crimebusters...Internet Forensics

Cyber Crimebusters...Internet Forensics | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
Great infographic from Criminal Justice Degree Hub. Click the link below for the cite information.
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From 44BCE to today - Curious to find out about the progression of forensics and how agencies use social media for crime solving in the technological age?

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Fighting crime through the powers of social media

Fighting crime through the powers of social media | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
A positive and innovative trend which we hope continues to help fight crime across the world through the powers of digital and social platforms.
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Even something as "innocent" as Pinterest can result in clues to solve crimes.

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Sheriff's tweets among most popular in US - A More Personal Use

Sheriff's tweets among most popular in US - A More Personal Use | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
By Bailey Elise McBride Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma County's sheriff wants basketball fans and the Oklahoma City Thunder to know that streaking is illegal — but cheering, loudly, for the NBA team has yet to land anyone in the local jail. If
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The use of social media has helped improve interaction with citizens who would not normally have any type of relationship with law enforcement agencies. The use of "#" and "@" has helped Oklahoma County connect with their general population to engage in topics from basketball to burglaries.

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Law Enforcement to Monitor Crowdsourced Intel with Mobile Safety App at Boston Marathon

Law Enforcement to Monitor Crowdsourced Intel with Mobile Safety App at Boston Marathon | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
Citizens urged to support Boston Marathon safety by downloading VizSAFE mobile app to instantly share photos and videos with first responders Boston...
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Past experiences allow law enforcement agencies to look towards prevention, but at what cost? Is the right to privacy being disregarded because of social media?

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Social media platform could help reduce crime

Social media platform could help reduce crime | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
The Austin Police Department is using technology that combines traditional neighborhood watch tactics with modern social media interface as a way to reduce crime throughout the city.

Via Abd Torah
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The use of traditional law enforcement practices combined with new technology serves as a beneficial tool for the public.

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Social media platform could help reduce crime

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Police Requests for Social Media and Search Engine Information

Police Requests for Social Media and Search Engine Information | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
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Sometimes it's not only the Federal Government using social media for information, but also state and local law enforcement agencies also request private communications. Can and should your use of social media be monitored and suppressed by government agencies? This is another question that needs to be addressed as our everyday worlds converge with technology and the need for consumers to voice their ideas, feelings, and opinions.

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▶ Social Media Police - YouTube

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - (CBS2/FOX28) Twenty years ago the only crimes you might see caught on camera were bank robberies and the occasional police chase or shooto...
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Everyone has the ability to assist law enforcement agencies. "Smile! You're busted!"

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▶ Deadly officer-involved shooting in Salinas caught on camera

Tuesday's officer-involved shooting was caught on camera by a witness. The video has sparked debate on social media with some commenting that the video contr...
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"...viewed and shared thousands of times." The power of social media also captures the activities of law enforcement agencies for all to see. In this case, the use of social media can provoke viewers into debates about use of force, amendment rights, right and wrong, and can even question abuse of power.

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As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred

As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred | Law Enforcement, Society, and the Use of Social Media | Scoop.it
Police are buying software programs that help them track suspicious activity on the Web. But they come with a risk: If they're used too aggressively, the department could end up in court.
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Because the court systems and the law are far behind the technological curve, the legalities of monitoring social media can cause serious trust violations that are difficult to justify.

 

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Police Expand Crime And Safety Awareness Through Social Media

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Police Expand Crime And Safety Awareness Through Social Media (Killeen: Police Expand Crime And Safety Awareness Through Social Media - KWTX http://t.co/QBvC2fze4F #social #risk)...
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My initial thought is that Law Enforcement had a difficult time discovering how to utilize social media. More and more, agencies are expanding their use of social media to aid citizens in the prevention of crime.

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