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CyberDust app, a privacy texting app..

Started by Bree N.. Last reply by Janet Liebsch Feb 12. 7 Replies

After using this app which is very different from the much abused SnapChat. (We've all heard the crazy bad stuuff on that!) I can see some valuable uses in multiple fields. The texts which use…Continue

Social Media Use by LEOs Increases But Many Lack Procedures and Policies

Started by Janet Liebsch. Last reply by Janet Liebsch Nov 23, 2014. 3 Replies

Interesting statistics below (and in full article) and just curious if any LEOs here utilize social media in your investigations, day-to-day operations, etc and what's your preferred platform..?by…Continue

Tags: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, law enforcement, procedures

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Comment by Carole Cox on July 2, 2013 at 4:31am

Social media is a powerful communication tool. The bosotn marathon bombing went viral and may have been quite helpful in alerting the public.

HOWEVER...I have had to really put a strong rein on my younder members in this venue. We have to keep in mind HIPA...video publication issues, privacy in general and liable/slander. Our younger members were joking around one might on FB and I happened to see it. The content was such that it would have made the department look bad. To them it was a joke, to me a PR disaster.

At the end of the day, I think it is quite useful but like anything else-proceed with casution!

Comment by William Paul Polomskey II on April 17, 2013 at 7:50pm

that would be great if you could post it in the discussion Janet. I am curious about the phenomenon.

Comment by Janet Liebsch on April 13, 2013 at 10:11pm

Some great things to think about William and if members would prefer this be posted as a discussion so others can comment / read easier in future, please let me know and I'll copy and paste into a thread. Being a civilian I can't really speak to your points but understand where you're coming from since have seen this in my old corporate (including IT) days.

Comment by William Paul Polomskey II on April 10, 2013 at 2:10pm

I have a thought on topic. While social media mediums offer us a very great opportunity to share with and learn from one another it also potentially conceals people who present themselves fraudulently among us as "part of the group." In the many years I have been utilizing these tools i encountered less online than I discovered recruits perpetrating like they were ff's, officers, haz-mat tehcs, emt's and so forth which they had not earned. Sometimes people present medical conditions and the like but have no real understanding of the symptoms or treatments these things involve. Anyone can say they are a computer IT specialist until somebody who is in the field asks a question is what my point here is.
The double edged sword though is our world becomes smaller as much as it does bigger over the internet. With just a bit of digging by region and location we can turn up workable information. Using this information contacting departments via their publicly available information allows us to unearth fact from fiction. I mention using public contact listings because it would be easy for someone to say this or that number is their departments when in fact is some other cohorts contact info they paired up with to ride along our currents.
The complex point then is the question of do we publicly expose these frauds or block them from interacting with else personally to avoid a drawn out dramatic episode?
My personal choice would be to block any future contact and not expose the individual unless asked of by name before revealing my findings and maybe write a short bit on the phenomenon to discuss with my peers.
I am curious how often other people may have experienced these situations over the social mediums?

Comment by Janet Liebsch on April 7, 2013 at 4:38pm

I just added a vid above with some mind-boggling statistics about social media. We shared it last April in our company enews so numbers aren't current, but it's a good reminder that social media is here to stay.

Comment by Janet Liebsch on March 10, 2013 at 9:26pm

Aw thanks Allison and you started it with your great blog posts on this topic. And we sometimes do a segment on this in our enews so I'm always reading this stuff.

Comment by USFRA Staff on March 10, 2013 at 7:58am

Great group Janet! I wish I had thought of it.

Comment by LT. Andrew Poole on March 5, 2013 at 4:47pm

Thanks for the invite Janet. I'm not sure what I might be able to contribute to this forum,but I'm sure I will learn a thing or three.

Comment by Officer Derek Tomlinson on February 27, 2013 at 9:28am

Thanks for the invite Janet.

Comment by David Kimball on February 26, 2013 at 9:57pm

Posted in the video library.

Thanks for your help.

The video is about 120mb and the limit is 100, but I posted the link to youtube. Thanks again for your comments and help.


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