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Police countdown to Christmas with #Badvent calendars

December 13, 2013
Police countdown to Christmas with #Badvent calendars

Police Social Media ingenuity English police forces have been at the forefront of using digital technology in general and social media in particular to develop innovative ways of engaging with their local communities. If you’re interested in police use of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and the rest, you can check out a whole range...
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Sign up to get Twitter Alerts from your emergency services

November 22, 2013
Sign up to get Twitter Alerts from your emergency services

Emergency Tweets Twitter has just launched a new service in the UK – “Twitter Alerts”. This is a new facility (already tested in the US) aimed at emergency services to enable them to get critical information out as quickly as possible to the general public. All the UK’s 47 police services, the London Fire...
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I’m sorry Sir, it’s against the law

October 26, 2013
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I’m sorry Sir, it’s against the law There are plenty of arcane, not to say bizarre laws in the UK. MPs aren’t aware of wear armour in parliament. You can’t beat or shake a carpet rug in any street in the Metropolitan Police District. It’s illegal to import Polish potatoes (put on the Statute...
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Police pin down criminals

September 19, 2013
Police pin down criminals

Pinteresting times At the last count, there were 70 million registered Pinterest users with just over 2 million in the UK. Most people use Pinterest to browse retail stores or indulge their interest in fashion, food and drink, or their own particular hobby or passion – be it tattoos or Moorish architecture. I tend to use...
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When Selfie Stands for Self-Incrimination

September 6, 2013
When Selfie Stands for Self-Incrimination

Celebs do them, teenage girls do them, even educated fleas do them. Selfies – digital self-portraits which are then posted online – are all over the internet. The advent of Vine has provided yet another outlet for the self-obsessed to add to the usual suspects of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube. This post gives...
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Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean the Internet’s not out to get me

August 3, 2013
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A recent post featuring an infographic showing how burglars use social media was the most popular one of the year. This new infographic commissioned by the Huffington Post from Visually gives an excellent overview of the dangers of identity theft:   by wond. Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information...
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How do we overcome Twitter abuse?

August 1, 2013
How do we overcome Twitter abuse?

These sorts of vile attacks are horribly commonplace The story of how hundreds of men mounted a sustained online attack on Caroline Criado-Perez, threatening her with rape and violent assault in reaction to her successful campaign to get the face of Jane Austen on British £10 bank notes has caused public outrage. Perhaps the...
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How cops used Twitter to catch a fish called Wanda

July 21, 2013
How cops used Twitter to catch a fish called Wanda

Catch me if you can I’ve posted before about criminals at large taunting police on social media, with varying degrees of success. The case of Wanda Lee Ann Podgurski is a worthy addition to the catologue. Ms Podgurski is a serial fraudster who was convicted in January 2013 of dishonestly acquiring $650,000 from fake...
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How burglars use social media

July 12, 2013
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Burglars go online to pinpoint potential victims Criminals and law enforcement officials are early adopters of new technologies and social media in particular in their battle to outwit each other. With recent revelations about PRISM and the activities of GCHQ you would think that law enforcement would have most to gain from the latest...
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Police, Twitter and major incidents

June 27, 2013
Police, Twitter and major incidents

The Demos ThinkTank recently published an interesting analysis of the Twitter conversations between the Metropolitan Police and the public following the vicious murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich. Twitcidents The report authors, Jamie Bartlett and Carl Miller, compiled almost 20,000 tweets that included the tag @MetPoliceUK from the week of the Woolwich attack....
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