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Social Media: Establishing Criteria for Law Enforcement Use

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Jordan Brown's comment, February 11, 2014 11:29 AM
4. Officers posting about how tired they are on duty can make people question their fitness for duty if they have to use deadly force or a serious traffic accident. Also, posting photos with seized drug evidence can hurt the ongoing prosecution of a case because prosecutors should be talked to before evidence is shared with the public, especially on social media. Though officers may get into trouble if people bring up these facts, departments may rely on a “conduct unbecoming” regulation and not a specific policy on social media.
Jordan Brown's comment, February 12, 2014 10:47 AM
5. Law enforcement administrators need to control the use of social media to increase benefits for departments and reduce the chance of officers misusing it. By setting criteria for social media use and training people on these policies this can be done. The potential of social media as a law enforcement tool is there and it can help departments better serve the public.
Jordan Brown's comment, February 17, 2014 10:59 AM
6. There are two steps to teaching social media guidance. First, go over basic computer, Internet, and social media security and privacy issues, and the second step is to look at the everyday application of social media policy to officers. The training should be frequently updated and gone over multiple times to keep up with evolving technology and refresh the officers’ minds. Once officers receive the correct training, they can take action to properly protect themselves, each other, and different departments.
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In the online hunt for criminals, social media is the ultimate snitch

In the online hunt for criminals, social media is the ultimate snitch | cutting edge topic 1 | Scoop.it
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social networks are valuable sources in criminal cases. What you say on these sites can be damning evidence.
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Jordan Brown's comment, February 12, 2014 10:57 AM
2. Authorities’ methods don’t always stop at monitoring – sometimes they even interact with suspects. They add them as friends and watch while they talk about crimes. Then they catch them in the act and take them to jail.
Jordan Brown's comment, February 12, 2014 11:01 AM
3. Officers Twitter strategies are growing. If a keyword comes up that suggests a potential threat, they take action. Social media isn't just for threats or criminal activities, but to be aware of problems in crowd control, traffic, or public safety.
Jordan Brown's comment, February 17, 2014 10:50 AM
4. other than seeking out crime, they use websites like Facebook and Twitter in other useful ways. They also do public outreach, soliciting tips, and try to recruit people with social media. There are specific Facebook and Twitter accounts for different departments, and police use these different pages to relay important information to the people who follow them.