ConnectedCOPS Writers

Gordon Scobbie

DCC Scobbie is the Social Media Lead for Policing in the UK. Gordon joined Strathclyde Police in 1980, serving operationally in uniform and CID through the ranks, as well as in other areas of the business including Force Personnel; introducing a national performance appraisal system for Scotland and being the first police force in the UK to achieve accreditation for investors in people. He then served for 3 years at the Scottish Police College delivering leadership training before returning to force to establish a disclosure bureau to provide conviction and non conviction information on those wishing to work with children and vulnerable adults. He then served as an operational Chief Inspector before transferring to West Midlands Police on promotion in October 2004 as Superintendent, Operations Manager at Coventry City Centre . He was then promoted to Commander at Solihull in August 2006 and following completion of this years Strategic Command Course he was successful in his application to join West Midlands Police as Assistant Chief Constable in June 2009. Gordon joined Tayside Police in the fourth quarter of 2010 as Deputy Chief Constable. @DCCTayside | Websites: ACPO


Mike Bostic

Mike Bostic, of Raytheon’s Civil Communication Solutions group, specializes in open architecture, and systems integration of communications and data programs. Mike retired from LAPD as Assistant Chief in 2007 after holding many significant positions with the department over 34 years. During his time with LAPD, Mike headed up several investigations requiring resources from all city departments. He also served on multiple steering committees to manage IT and facility development, as well as the SWAT Board of Inquiry, which developed new command-and-control systems. @mikebostic







Tom Le Veque

Tom Le Veque has served with the City of Arcadia Police Department (CA) since 1987, promoting to the rank of Sergeant in 1991. Tom began his law enforcement career with the City of San Marino Police Department (CA), attending the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy in 1984.  Assignments have included: Patrol, Field Training, Motors, SWAT, Investigations, and a regional narcotics task force.  Tom is currently the Detective Bureau Commander and coordinates the agency Social Media presence as an ancillary duty.  He has taken the Arcadia Police Department to a new level of community interaction and involvement by developing a web presence with a Department Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Nixle pages.  Arcadia is one of the first agencies in Los Angeles County to truly enter and embrace S.M.I.L.E.  Tom sees the value in and enjoys sharing, learning, and interacting via Social Media.

Sergeant Le Veque has been a presenter at the Social Media, the Internet, and Law Enforcement Conference series, a panel member for the California Peace Officers’ Association Training Symposium, and has presented on the topic of Social Media to various law enforcement groups, including the Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association, and at COPSWEST.  Tom is currently participating in the development of Social Media training on behalf of the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training.

@TRLeVeque | @ArcadiaPD | Website: Arcadia Police Blog | Facebook: Tom Le VequeArcadia Police |


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Scott Mills

Constable Scott Mills has been employed as a police officer from 1990-2002 with the Peel Regional Police (Brampton/Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) and from 2002-Present with the Toronto Police Service. Scott’s current assignment is the lead Social Media Officer for the Toronto Police Service.

Previously he served as the Community Youth Officer for the Toronto Crime Stoppers program. His mandate was to build healthy relationships between youth, the community and police. He promotes the anonymous reporting of tips to PREVENT or solve crime through the Crime Stoppers Tip Line 1-800-222-TIPS, online at www.222tips.com and by text message TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Scott presents on a full time basis to students, school staff, parents, community members and law enforcement at schools, and community events across the city of Toronto.

In 2007 Scott was the visionary behind the use of video sharing websites (YouTube) and Social Networking websites (Facebook) to build trust with youth, and to make appeals for information in unsolved homicide, robbery, missing person, arson and sexual assault cases. This medium of communication with the public has also proven valuable to warn the public about sexual predators. As of September, 2008, Scott has posted close to 1000 videos on Youtube and Facebook that celebrate positive youth engagement between police and youth, and appeal for information in unsolved cases. @TorontoPolice | @GraffitiBMXCop


Russell Webster

Russell Webster is a Brit who trained as a probation officer until a year working in Pittsburgh sent him in new directions. He has worked full time as an independent consultant, researcher, writer and trainer specialising in the fields of drugs and crime since 1996. He has particular expertise around young people, offender health, social networking/digital engagement and payment by results. He is a regular blogger on these issues at www.russellwebster.com







Joe Giacalone

Joseph L. Giacalone is a 19 year NYPD Detective Sergeant with an extensive background in criminal investigations. He has held many prestigious positions, but his favorite was the Commanding Officer of the Cold Case Homicide Squad.

Joe obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a Specialty in Crime and Deviance from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2005. He has been an Adjunct Professor at John Jay since January of 2006 and is the author of the Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators published by Looseleaf Law.

@ColdCaseSquad | @JoeGiacalone | website: ColdCaseSquad




Justin Partridge

Justin Partridge is a senior manager for Lincolnshire Police in England. He also works on Local Policing and Partnerships for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). Justin Partridge has worked in the public sector since leaving university, and for the police since 2003. After being one of only three non-sworn staff selected for the prestigious Police Strategic Command Course (for those who aspire to the most senior posts in UK policing), he started working on the national Local Policing and Partnerships area with chief officers from across the UK, and with partners from the Home Office, NPIA, APA and elsewhere.

Justin is passionate about making a difference to people, and see social media and new technologies having a major role in this – especially in policing and the wider public sector. He blogs on a variety of issues, predominantly around police and technology, and can be found on Twitter talking about much the same.


Lauri Stevens

Lauri Stevens is an interactive media professional with over 25 years of media experience. Lauri is passionate about the Internet, the web, social media and helping law enforcement leverage these tools to help them do their jobs, connect with their communities, and promote their departments. Most recently, she has worked with the Toronto and Ottawa Police in Ontario, Canada. She has been published in FBINA Magazine, Police Chief, and is the social media columnist for PoliceOne.com. She is also a contributing author the The Big Book of Social Media: Case Sstudies, Stories, Perspective. As the founder of LAwS Communications, Lauri is the creator and producer of The SMILE Conference (Social Media, the Internet and Law Enforcement), the ConnectedCOPS.net blog and the C.O.P.P.S. Social Media Method. @lawscomm | @smileconference | Websites: www.TheSMILEConference.com | www.ConnectedCOPS.net