Be sure to follow these contributors on Twitter. They’ll be very thankful!
1. It helps dissolve the media filter, which was very well stated by @apsana: “Social media (#SM) gives LE a voice to be heard in the community, outside of the interpretation and sounds bites of journalism.”
2. It increases your efficiency when budgets are tight. @Lt_SB said: “#SM is a force multiplier for community policing — a way to communicate with many at one time.”
3. It’s a great help in investigations, as eloquently stated by @AymaMuse: “#SM is a terrific investigative tool, mind blowing what info is so readily available online. Example: People tend to use the same profile user name for all their #SM sites.”
4. It’s an ideal enhancement for community policing, as two of my favorite tweeters reminded me. @CaptElbert: “It’s just another vehicle to reach a segment of our community that grows every day … even me.” And from @OfcVest: “Social media brings comm. policing to the digital age. We answer questions and concerns quicker and it offers the public a more personal link to officers.”
5. It’s an effective way to educate people, even officers. @sgtbetsysmith said it best: “#SM helps us reach out to LEOs about officer survival and leadership training and we keep the dialogue going long after class is over!”
6. It can save lives. @GraffitiBMXCop may have after he saw a specific posting on Facebook. He said: “Because we were able to prevent a Virginia Tech-type school shooting.”
This Social Media Quick Tip was previously published on LawOfficer.com