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Innovation

Using social media to assess risk

Could the probation service soon be using computerised algorithms to assess risk of harm to the public by the automatic search of offenders’ Facebook posts?

Criminal Justice

Celebrate Restorative Justice Week 2015

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?

Digital Engagement

What do Apple, Facebook and Google know about you?

We all know that huge technology companies keep track of us, but somehow we never quite imagine the full extent and detail of what they know about us. The infographic below from backgroundchecks.org is educational to say the least:

Policing

The law can’t cope with crimes on social media

The ideal is for social media networks to police themselves, but you only have to look at some of the outrageous, sexually violent tweets that many women routinely encounter online to know that this approach isn’t always sufficient.

Featured

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…

Digital Engagement

What do the public like about police Facebook pages?

What do the public like on police Facebook pages? A quick and dirty analysis suggests that success stories, police dogs and information about missing persons are most popular. Any police misdoings also provoke a strong public reaction.

Finally Friday

Ganging up on social media

I’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

Finally Friday

Friday 2013

To ease us all into 2013, I thought it was time for another round up of bizarre social media and law enforcement stories; you can

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