Social Media

Social Media

Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council
This document provides material designed to assist law enforcement personnel in protecting themselves and their families from becoming cyber targets: protecting personal information, cyber dos and don'ts, and links to further cyber training and resources. (read more...)
National Institute of Justice
Edward F. Davis III, Alejandro A. Alves and David Alan Sklansky
In critical ways, BPD’s (Boston Police Department) successful use of social media during the marathon bombing investigation relied on previous trust building by the department — including a longstanding, if more mundane, use of social media. This paper discusses the lessons to be learned from BPD’s use of social media during the marathon bombing investigation and earlier. However, it is not strictly or even primarily a case study. It is an effort to contribute to a broader, ongoing discussion about police and social media. (read more...)
Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative
Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative
To ensure that information obtained from social media sites for investigative and criminal intelligence-related activity is used lawfully while also ensuring that individuals’ and groups’ privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties are protected, law enforcement agencies should have a social media policy (or include the use of social media sites in other information-related policies). (read more...)
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
Robert D. Stuart, M.S.
Over the past decade, social media has become a widespread presence that touches the lives of countless people, including law enforcement officers. Certain risks and rewards face officers, as well as their departments, who use social media. Missteps in its use can endanger the safety of officers and compromise criminal cases, resulting not only in embarrassment to departments but exposure to civil and criminal liability. (read more...)
The Police Chief
Lauri Stevens
Social media tools offer police departments a way to listen to their citizens and hear what is being said about the department, crime, the quality of life, and events. They also offer the department the ability to shape the conversation. With a well-planned strategy for using social media tools, departments can actually increase control of their reputation. (read more...)
U.S. Department of Justice, COPS
Bernard K. Melekian, Chuck Wexler
The 21st century is becoming known as an Age of Technology, and one of the most important and complex types of new technology is social media. At its core, social media is a tool for communication that has become an integral part of daily life for people of all ages. Social media accounts for 22 percent of time spent on the Internet. (read more...)
See IACP Sample Social Media Policies (read more...)

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