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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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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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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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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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How burglars use social media

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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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Decentralized Social Communications: Scary Stuff!

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June 11, 2013
Decentralized Social Communications: Scary Stuff!

Do you keep your social media presence “close to the vest” (e.g. only allowing Public Information Officers the ability to post content) or does your strategy include the ability for all agency officials to reach the community? The latter type of presence involves letting go of control to some extent and this, of course,...
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What To Do About Facebook Friend Hacks!

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May 10, 2013
What To Do About Facebook Friend Hacks!

Hacks mimic identity of your friend to access your information Friends connecting on Facebook, more than ever, is something that needs to be respected and trusted. Recently a number of people including me have received friend requests on Facebook from people they know. Why is this unusual? Because these requests are from people who...
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What do the public like about police Facebook pages?

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April 30, 2013
What do the public like about police Facebook pages?

If you’re interested in British Police use of social media, you should definitely follow Mike Downes (@mikedownesmedia) who produces an incredibly useful monthly statistical update on UK police social media accounts. In his latest post, Mike has focused on the sharp increase in the number of people “Liking” police Facebook posts – where 16 forces...
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Social media is critical to police IT systems dealing with newsworthy issues

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March 5, 2013
Social media is critical to police IT systems dealing with newsworthy issues

Hold the front page Crime has always been front page news. Always sold newspapers. The advent of TV – remember the real time coverage of OJ Simpson’s arrest – accelerated the speed with which news spread: And social media has ensured that bad news goes global in minutes – as anyone following the Oscar...
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Changes to hiding from public search on Facebook

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January 21, 2013
Changes to hiding from public search on Facebook

Recent changes to the Facebook privacy settings, has made it difficult for users to conceal their personal profiles, as Facebook has removed the ability to hide from public search.  Facebook profiles have the ability to be located through the Facebook search function and in some cases via search engine sites such as Google. However...
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