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Dynamic police units star in #WMPLive – a UK policing first

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June 24, 2013
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Don’t miss this live event 7:30pm-8:30pm BST, 2:30-3:30 EST, 11:30-12:30 PST. FIVE of West Midlands Police’s most dynamic departments will come together during a live online ‘hangout’ in a UK policing first that promises to give viewers a real-time insight into the work of critical force units. ‘WMP Live’ sees officers from traffic, motorway...
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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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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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Is there something in the water in Florida?

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December 14, 2012
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Or are the cops just cooler there? JK! Just got word from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (one of my favorite Social Media savvy agencies) about their holiday video. They just released it this week and already have tens of thousands of views. Of course, it was Tampa Police who blew us away with...
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New Social Media Duties for Dallas Police Officer

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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...
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Toronto Crime Stoppers Gets 10,300 Anonymous Tips for 25th Birthday

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August 17, 2010
Toronto Crime Stoppers Gets 10,300 Anonymous Tips for 25th Birthday

Relationship building with Social Media makes it happen Toronto Crime Stoppers received a record number of anonymous tips in 2009 to help the police prevent and solve crimes. In 2007 the average number of tips per month was 350, in 2009 it was close to 1,000 per month. Social media using a relationships and...
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When cops are attacked with social media: eight lessons learned at G20

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June 30, 2010
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With the G20 in the city, eyes around the globe were on Toronto over the past week and just about everybody involved locally or from afar has something to say, and they did and continue to do so over Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The proliferation of social media platforms has give people greater ability...
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