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Why don’t you celebrate Restorative Justice Week by making sure that all your local RJ providers are registered on the Restorative Justice Council’s new map of RJ in the criminal justice system?

How burglars use social media

Criminals and law enforcement officials are early adopters of new technologies and social media in particular in their battle to outwit each other. There are plenty of ways in which burglars in particular can develop their lean systems to target and gather intelligence on potential victims and minimise the risks of getting caught. Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare are particularly straightforward ways of finding out if someone is away on holiday or business. Google StreetView makes advance reconnaissance a piece of cake. The infographic below summarises some of the main techniques in current use…

Ganging up on social media

00000I’ve written several times about the different uses that both criminals and law enforcement officials make of new technologies and social media in particular to outwit each other. This week’s post focuses on how gangs use social media and how police respond. Gangs use social media to brag Gang members use the whole range of social media platforms to spread inflammatory messages and encourage rival gangs to respond. At a recent ABC News sponsored gang …

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Police Social media engages communities and cuts costs

00000This 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

00000This 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 as a source of criminal information

00000This 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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Friday 2013

00000To ease us all into 2013, I thought it was time for another round up of bizarre social media and law enforcement stories; you can find more in the Finally Friday category. Three stories have taken my eye recently.     1. The Dopey Drug Dealer Ever made that classic mobile phone mistake when you send the same text to everyone in your address book? A 29 year old from Stafford did. He texted: ‘Safe …

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Social Media and Criminal Justice Policy Exchange

00000This blog post is a straight plug to encourage readers to engage in a new initiative launched jointly by: Professor Paul Senior of Sheffield Hallam University who tweets as @yorkhull and Associate Professor Julian Buchanan of the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand – @julianbuchanan They have set up a series of interlinked initiatives to explore the growing use of social media for debating criminal justice policy and are seeking to test …

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Facebook: Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide

00000I’ve written before about the, often ludicrous, ways in which criminals have advertised their crimes on social media and ended up being apprehended as a result. This week, three rather more serious stories which demonstrate how difficult Facebook makes it to stay anonymous in the 21st Century. First, a story from the US on the new difficulties facing undercover law enforcement personnel. Woman arrested for posting Facebook photos of undercover cop A Texas woman was arrested …

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Advise, Assist and Unfriend

00000Probation officers use social media for many different reasons. Promoting the work of the service. Building alliances with local commissioners and other stakeholders. Discussing best practice around desistance etc. Keeping up to date with criminal justice policy and research. Recently, they’ve also started to monitor high risk offenders via their use of Facebook in particular. In fact, in the US, probation officers have even used Facebook to track down offenders who have breached their orders. …

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