Welcome to ConnectedCOPS.net

Member Login
Lost your password?

Facebook

Portland OR Police Bureau embracing social media

By
2
June 30, 2011
Portland OR Police Bureau embracing social media

In May 2011, I had the opportunity to attend the SMILE Conference in Chicago and I came back incredibly energized with moving forward on our use of social media. One of the ideas presented at the conference was from Chief Grogan of Dunwoody, GA, about promoting an event via social media to draw followers....
Read More »

Connecting with the Community & Media via Social Media

By
0
May 24, 2011
Connecting with the Community & Media via Social Media

So your agency has decided to participate in social media. You’ve sent out a couple Tweets and Facebook updates but there’s been no response. Is anyone listening? Many law enforcement agencies use social media as a one-way, notification tool, but there are other agencies that are successfully using social media as a communication tool....
Read More »

Social Media Quick Tip: Know Who Your Friends Are

By
0
May 21, 2011
Social Media Quick Tip: Know Who Your Friends Are

Fake cop profiles are proliferating on Facebook & other social networks An old (bad) joke: A citizen calls the police and says she saw a UFO. Police: “How do you know it was a UFO?” Citizen: “It said ‘UFO’ on the aircraft.” Fake cop profiles are proliferating on Facebook and other social networks. It’s...
Read More »

Social Media Quick Tip: Make Your URL Memorable

By
1
May 17, 2011
Social Media Quick Tip: Make Your URL Memorable

Your Facebook page’s URL can be customized once you have 25 fans Make your Facebook URL (Web address) more memorable and short enough to fit on a website or business card by creating a custom URL. Your department’s Facebook page can have it’s own URL once you get 25 fans. Once you’re logged in...
Read More »

Social Media Quick Tip: Should You Tie Your Facebook & Twitter Accounts Together?

By
0
April 30, 2011
Social Media Quick Tip: Should You Tie Your Facebook & Twitter Accounts Together?

Remember: They are two totally different animals Although widgets exist to auto-post everything from one to the other, should you do it? The short answer is this: If everything you tweet is on Facebook (FB) and everything you post on FB is on Twitter, you might annoy some followers and lose them. Generally, turning everything...
Read More »

Social Media Quick Tip: Choose Your Facebook Profile Photo Wisely

By
0
April 29, 2011
Social Media Quick Tip: Choose Your Facebook Profile Photo Wisely

Want to keep your LEO status on the DL? Don’t post a thin blue line image or a photo of yourself in uniform. What’s the one thing people can see even if they aren’t connected to you on Facebook? It’s your profile photo. If you don’t want people you don’t know to know you’re...
Read More »

Social Media Quick Tip: Turn Your Department’s Profile Into a Fan Page

By
1
April 27, 2011
Social Media Quick Tip: Turn Your Department’s Profile Into a Fan Page

Why? You’ll avoid maxing out your page. Some police departments set up their Facebook (FB) page as a personal profile page; that is, one that’s meant for an individual person. Instead of someone “liking” your page, they become your friend. There are a few downsides to this, but chief among them is that FB...
Read More »

Facebook Secure Browsing for Officer Safety

By
0
April 21, 2011
Facebook Secure Browsing for Officer Safety

And the implications for department social media policy Early this year Facebook offered users the ability to use the sight a bit more securely with “secure browsing” (https) or SSL encryption, as Facebook said, “whenever possible”. It’s important to enable https, otherwise, any hacker sharing the same public wifi can easily infiltrate your social...
Read More »

New Social Media Duties for Dallas Police Officer

By
2
April 11, 2011
New Social Media Duties for Dallas Police Officer

On February 16, 2011 I was given a new assignment in the Dallas police department’s media relations office as the social media officer. Little did I know what was in store for me! The department was joining the 21st century and my job was to help get us there. Our social media sites are now...
Read More »

Facebook Search & Investigative Tips

By
2
March 11, 2011
Facebook Search & Investigative Tips

The most common investigative request I receive is for information about Facebook. With over 500 million active users, it seems that everyone now has an account. Let’s look at the options. If you have a name, searching Facebook is quite easy. Unfortunately, you must be logged in to a Facebook account to search and...
Read More »