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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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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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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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Police, Twitter and major incidents

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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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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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Police and public combine on social media to find missing persons

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May 8, 2013
Police and public combine on social media to find missing persons

Missing in action I recently posted about the increasing number of ways that social media is being used for social good – including saving the lives of human rights workers. Now social media – and Twitter in particular – is becoming the mainstream way of locating missing people. I was slightly surprised when I reviewed...
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Greater Manchester Police joining with forces across the globe #poltwt

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March 20, 2013
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Almost two-and-a-half years ago Greater Manchester Police (GMP) carried out the first Twitter day #GMP24 when all the calls received were tweeted during a 24 hour period. Since then GMP has been developing its use of social media and now has around 180 neighbourhood officers who are providing updates to their communities using social...
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Twitter: fact or fiction?

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March 6, 2013
Twitter: fact or fiction?

A colleague of mine recently raised this question with me. With all of the information on social media, how does one possibly figure out what is true and what is false? In the middle of an emergency or ‘breaking news’ especially, how do people follow Twitter…a forum where anyone in the world can post...
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Global Police Tweet-a-thon

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December 18, 2012
Global Police Tweet-a-thon

Several police agencies have held tweet-a-thons or tweet-the-beat events to create awareness of police work call attention to issues. A few of us have been talking a while about holding an event where police agencies everywhere could have whatever model of tweet-a-thon they want but on the same day and time in an effort...
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