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Digital Engagement

Police and Social Media – where next?

This is the last in a series of posts based on the recent COMPOSITE report on police use of social media across Europe. One of the interesting realisations I’ve made in writing these posts is the constant evidence of how British police are leading the way in Europe in their adoption and effective use of social media. Mike Downes keeps a watching brief on UK police use of social media and found that between January and February this year, there was more than a 10% increase in the numbers of people following police Twitter accounts bring the total number of followers to 1,041,850.

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Police Social media engages communities and cuts costs

This is the ninth in a series of posts based on the recent COMPOSITE report on police use of social media across Europe. Using social media to cut the cost of communication The COMPOSITE study was undertaken over the last two years where most of Europe’s police forces were having to cope with reduced budgets owing to the global recession. A number of senior police officers interviewed for the study stated that although one of the

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Social media is critical to police IT systems dealing with newsworthy issues

This is the eighth in a series of posts based on the recent COMPOSITE report on police use of social media across Europe.   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

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Social media to show the human side of policing

This is the seventh in a series of posts based on the recent COMPOSITE report on police use of social media across Europe. Setting the right tone Historically, police- public communication has tended to be formal and impersonal. Official statements about the status of a high profile operation. Press releases about a new initiative to tackle burglary or car crime. The COMPOSITE report found that police communications over social media had a completely different tone to

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Social media for community policing

This is the sixth in a series of posts based on the recent COMPOSITE report on police use of social media across Europe. The police are the public and the public are the police Robert Peel’s most quoted fundamental principle is proving even more relevant in the age of social media. Community policing – embodied in Safer Neighbourhood Teams, the most popular and effective change to policing in modern times (in my opinion) – is characterised

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New app helps Manchester people get closer to their community policing teams

Greater Manchester Police have just released a new app which uses geo-location technology to allow Mancunians to become crimefighters and to get closer to their local neighbourhood policing teams. The Apple version of the app was released last month with an Android version promised for Spring. This review of the new smartphone app produced by Greater Manchester Police was kindly written by @TheCustodySgt     Getting the app I’m running iOS 6 on an iPhone 4s.

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Police use social media to leverage the wisdom of the crowd

This is the fifth in a series of posts based on the recent COMPOSITE report on police use of social media across Europe.   The Wisdom of the crowd The last two posts in this series have examined the widespread take-up of social media by police forces across Europe in order to communicate more effectively with the public. This post focuses on the benefits of this approach. Once police have established a strong social media

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Police use social media to communicate directly with citizens

This is the fourth in a series of posts based on the recent COMPOSITE report on police use of social media across Europe.   Using social media to push information direct to the public The COMPOSITE report found that many European police forces had taken the opportunities provided by social media to disseminate information directly to their target audiences. Many had eagerly embraced the chance to get their exact message across without the press as

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Police need to have a voice in social media

This is the third in a series of posts based on the recent COMPOSITE report on police use of social media across Europe. A police voice in social media The COMPOSITE report found that police use of social media varied markedly across Europe. Every country used social media as a source of criminal information but far fewer have, as yet, adopted the UK approach of developing a strong online presence. The report’s authors put forward a strong

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Social media as a source of criminal information

This is the second in a series of posts based on the recent COMPOSITE report on police use of social media across Europe. Social media as a source of criminal information The COMPOSITE report on the adoption of social media by police in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the UK found that all these European police forces routinely examined suspects’ social media sites as a key source of information. One of

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Best Police Social Media practice across Europe

The iPlod generation is growing all the time There was a bit of a backlash against the police use of social media, particularly Twitter, towards the end of 2012 with many of us feeling that @J_amesP was unfairly picked on. We wish him well in 2013, but it’s clear that although police services and the CPS may be re-drawing the boundaries on what is acceptable on social media, the number of serving police officers using

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