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Capturing the Moment

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December 23, 2013
Capturing the Moment

Does the public ever get to know about the good things your officers do on a daily basis? With today’s smart phones it can be as simple as taking a picture or creating a short video. That is exactly what an Omaha Police Officer did when he met up with two fellow officers. Police...
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Police countdown to Christmas with #Badvent calendars

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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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Augmented Reality, a Reality?

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December 3, 2013
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For several years there has been talk and speculation about what augmented reality (AR) would really become, what it could or for that matter couldn’t do and why would we care? Well, here it is, but wait, it has already been in use for several years so why are we just now hearing more...
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PGPD Game Time

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November 8, 2013
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It had the ingredients for a traffic disaster: a Monday evening rush hour on the notoriously clogged Capital Beltway combined with a 7:05 pm kick-off for the Washington Redskins’ 2013 season home opener in Landover, Maryland. But the Prince George’s County Police Department, whose headquarters borders FedEx Field, home of the Redskins’ stadium, decided...
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Police pin down criminals

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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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Nextdoor: Social Media For The Neighborhood

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August 26, 2013
Nextdoor: Social Media For The Neighborhood

The private social network for your neighborhood. That’s how Nextdoor, a two year old startup company based in San Francisco, describes their product. What is it? What does it do? Who is it for? How much is it? Let’s back up a moment and I will answer all of those questions. My Department’s community...
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Surrey police use Pinterest to return stolen property to victims of crime

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August 21, 2013
Surrey police use Pinterest to return stolen property to victims of crime

In June 2013 Victoria Hunter, a Detective with Surrey Police executed a search warrant at the home of a burglar and recovered a large quantity of watches and jewellery. Having checked the stolen property records she realised that it would be very difficult to re-connect what might have been stolen with the owners. Some...
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ConncectedCOPS Awards 2013: Finalists for Social Media Campaign

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August 8, 2013
ConncectedCOPS Awards 2013: Finalists for Social Media Campaign

ConnectedCOPS Social Media Campaign This award will go to the law enforcement agency which has met its stated goals with a documented social media campaign. The campaign is designed to address a significant problem or educational issue within the agency’s jurisdiction. Nominations should include a description of how success was measured. The finalists in...
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How do we overcome Twitter abuse?

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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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Social Media Quick Tip: Facebook’s ‘Graph Search’ Raises Privacy Concerns

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July 16, 2013
Social Media Quick Tip: Facebook’s ‘Graph Search’ Raises Privacy Concerns

Facebook rolled out what it calls “graph search” last week, effectively turning user profiles inside out. Graph search was announced earlier this year but rolled out to the masses a few days ago. Facebook has a page on how graph search affects privacy, but surprise, surprise, they leave a lot out. The best way...
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