Close

Not a member yet? Register now and get started.

lock and key

Sign in to your account.

Account Login

Forgot your password?

Facebook  // Browsing posts in Facebook

@caringcop, @SgtJackWest, Facebook, Google+, law enforcement, SM Use, social media strategy, Toronto Police, Twitter, YouTube | Comments Off on Decentralized Social Communications: Scary Stuff!

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, requires a huge leap of faith from leadership, especially in top-down oriented public safety organizations. However, this type of strategy is currently being done quite successfully. DECENTRALIZED COMMUNICATIONS: IS THIS THE EVOLUTION OF YOUR SOCIAL PRESENCE? In the book “Social Media in the Public Sector Field Guide” Ines Mergel and Bill Greeves suggest that a decentralized approach to social media content production is evidence of an evolved use of social media in organizations. They state that agencies that have been using social media for a while often “make social media the responsibility of everyone” and offer the benefits of this decision: A recent decision at the Department of Defense was to abandon the role of the social media director and instead transfer that position’s responsibilities onto many shoulders in the organization. It is very difficult for a single department or division to speak with the knowledge...

Read more...

Facebook, Janita Docherty, law enforcement, police, SM Tools, SM Use, social media | Comments Off on What To Do About Facebook Friend Hacks!

What To Do About Facebook Friend Hacks!

Hacks mimic identity of your friend to access your information Friends connecting on Facebook, more than ever, is something that needs to be respected and trusted. Recently a number of people including me have received friend requests on Facebook from people they know. Why is this unusual? Because these requests are from people who are ‘already’ connected and listed as friends. The requests are from scammers attempting to gain access to your Facebook account and utilise your information that you share only with friends. They are using the scam of Ghost Accounts. Meaning they are Fake Imposter Accounts, that have copied everything from a friends Facebook Account, that is available on public view. Once they are accepted into your account, they are in a position to glean as much information as needed to further their scam. They send friend requests to your friends and can make an imposter account from your details. What to do If you receive a request, firstly check with your friend to see if they have created another account. If they have not – Report the Imposter account and warn all the people in your friend list to also report the account. Some helpful linked from...

Read more...

Facebook, law enforcement, police dogs, Russel Webster, social media | Comments Off on What do the public like about police Facebook pages?

What do the public like about police Facebook pages?

If you’re interested in British Police use of social media, you should definitely follow Mike Downes (@mikedownesmedia) who produces an incredibly useful monthly statistical update on UK police social media accounts. In his latest post, Mike has focused on the sharp increase in the number of people “Liking” police Facebook posts – where 16 forces had month-on-month growth of over 20%. I thought I’d do a little analysis and look at exactly what sort of police posts people like.     What do the public like on police Facebook pages Mike found that three police forces had the highest rate of increase in Facebook “likes” compared to the previous month: Hampshire, Greater Manchester and Strathclyde. I looked at the Facebook pages for these three forces and identified the five most popular posts from each in the month under review. Where more than one post covered the same subject, I aggregated the number of likes and treated them as one post. Hampshire     In Hampshire (@hantspolice), the post that provoked the most public response was a photo of a police car parked in a disabled bay at MacDonalds which the Constabulary had to explain occurred when an officer went to investigate an offence,...

Read more...

Facebook, law enforcement, police dogs, Russel Webster, social media | Comments Off on What do the public like about police Facebook pages?

What do the public like about police Facebook pages?

If you’re interested in British Police use of social media, you should definitely follow Mike Downes (@mikedownesmedia) who produces an incredibly useful monthly statistical update on UK police social media accounts. In his latest post, Mike has focused on the sharp increase in the number of people “Liking” police Facebook posts – where 16 forces had month-on-month growth of over 20%. I thought I’d do a little analysis and look at exactly what sort of police posts people like.     What do the public like on police Facebook pages Mike found that three police forces had the highest rate of increase in Facebook “likes” compared to the previous month: Hampshire, Greater Manchester and Strathclyde. I looked at the Facebook pages for these three forces and identified the five most popular posts from each in the month under review. Where more than one post covered the same subject, I aggregated the number of likes and treated them as one post. Hampshire     In Hampshire (@hantspolice), the post that provoked the most public response was a photo of a police car parked in a disabled bay at MacDonalds which the Constabulary had to explain occurred when an officer went to investigate an offence,...

Read more...

Facebook, Flickr, law enforcement, police, Russell Webster, SM Tools, SM Use, social media, YouTube | Comments Off on Social media is critical to police IT systems dealing with newsworthy issues

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 Pistorius case can testify. Let social media bear the weight The always-on, global thirst for bad news can cause problems for police forces who need to appeal for information in high profile cases. A simple post for information on a force website can spread virally within minutes and become global news with the result that the website crashes under the weight of public interest. An example was the murder of Joanna Yeates over the Christmas period in 2010. Even though Avon & Somerset Police rented additional infrastructure, the website crashed at peak times as information was requested about her whereabouts. The force opted to use a set of social media networks to publish important information. YouTube was used as the network to distribute CCTV footage with requests for information. Information about the case was also published on Twitter and Facebook. All these global social media networks...

Read more...

Facebook, law enforcement, police, Russell Webster, SM Tools, SM Use, social media, YouTube | Comments Off on Social media is critical to police IT systems dealing with newsworthy issues

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 Pistorius case can testify. Let social media bear the weight The always-on, global thirst for bad news can cause problems for police forces who need to appeal for information in high profile cases. A simple post for information on a force website can spread virally within minutes and become global news with the result that the website crashes under the weight of public interest. An example was the murder of Joanna Yeates over the Christmas period in 2010. Even though Avon & Somerset Police rented additional infrastructure, the website crashed at peak times as information was requested about her whereabouts. The force opted to use a set of social media networks to publish important information. YouTube was used as the network to distribute CCTV footage with requests for information. Information about the case was also published on Twitter and Facebook. All these global social media networks...

Read more...

Facebook, Janita Docherty, law enforcement, Officer Safety, Online Safety, police, SM Tools, SM Use, social media | Comments Off on Changes to hiding from public search on Facebook

Changes to hiding from public search on Facebook

Recent changes to the Facebook privacy settings, has made it difficult for users to conceal their personal profiles, as Facebook has removed the ability to hide from public search.  Facebook profiles have the ability to be located through the Facebook search function and in some cases via search engine sites such as Google. However there is some reprieve.  Within the Facebook Privacy Settings, you have the option to remove yourself from a search engine link. This means that persons using a search engine to look for you via a name search, should be unable to link to your Facebook profile. Go to > Privacy Settings  > Who Can Look Me Up?  > Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline?  > Uncheck the box.  (as per diagram below) Be aware this may not remove a link to your profile due to any public content that you post.  As a result please ensure you check your privacy settings and only post your information to friends.

Read more...

blog, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, SM Tools, SM Use | Comments Off on Minneapolis Police and Target offer free social media training for police

Minneapolis Police and Target offer free social media training for police

SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING for law enforcement Presented by Target and the Minneapolis Police Department Hosted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension No Cost to Attend. Space is Limited. POST Board credit has been applied for. Target and the Minneapolis Police Department have teamed up to offer training for metro area law enforcement on the use of social media in policing. Today’s law enforcement agencies are inundated with need-to-know issues every day and never before have something so profoundly affected modern policing as has social media. In this session, the widely recognized authority on social media in law enforcement teams up with the Deputy Chief and visionary at the police agency that has led the way. Toronto Police Deputy Chief Peter Sloly and Lauri Stevens of LAwS Communications will discuss the key leadership issues and strategies to succeed with implementing and managing interactive social technology at your agency. The Toronto Police Service is highly regarded as one of the most forward-thinking law enforcement agency users of interactive digital tools in the world, especially for community engagement, but also crime prevention and investigation. Come learn about the strategies they are employing. Dates: January 21 and 22, 2013 Time: 9:00 am to...

Read more...

Facebook, Lauri Stevens, law enforcement, police, QuickTips, SM Tools, social media | Comments Off on What LEOs Must Know about New Facebook Privacy Settings

What LEOs Must Know about New Facebook Privacy Settings

There’s good news and bad in the new Facebook policies, and much left to be seen Facebook has made some significant changes to privacy settings. They’re rolling them out to all users over the next few days and weeks, and some of it is good news! But let’s start with the bad news. Facebook is eliminating our ability to take ourselves out of public search. This is the checkbox that, when selected, prevented your Facebook profile from showing up in searches when the person doing the searching was using a search engine outside of Facebook. When thinking of your personal profiles on Facebook–the ones you don’t use for police work–it might be a good idea to make a slight name change and rethink whether you want to post yourself in a profile photo. Janita Docherty, a law enforcement professional in Australia is a leading authoring on officer safety on Facebook. She offers alternative advice as well. “Click on your Profile picture–it will open to a larger view of the picture–under your name click on the audience icon, which is likely to be a World globe. … This will open a drop down box–change this to ‘Friends.’” This doesn’t take it...

Read more...

Facebook, Janita Docherty, law enforcement, Officer Safety, police, SM Tools, SM Use | Comments Off on No more hiding from public search in Facebook

No more hiding from public search in Facebook

Facebook has again made changes with new privacy settings, which will start rolling out to accounts over the next few weeks. One of the changes is to the Public Search option which is being removed. Facebook account holders who previously used this privacy setting will no longer have this option. This means that as your account name can be searched publicly, ANYONE, including those people who are not on Facebook, may be in a position to find you. For Officer Safety purposes a suggestion would be to make a slight alteration to your name, so as not to become obvious in a search result, but still enough detail that is known to your friends & family. Be thoughtful to consider the Facebook terms of service (SRR), when doing this. It may also be viable that if you do not want the public to view a personal photo of you, to change your profile picture to an avatar. The change to public search DOES NOT change who can view your profile. If you have your privacy settings in place, this will not change. For children’s accounts the public search option will remain in inactive for them until they attain the age...

Read more...