Monday, June 27, 2011

Using Social Media for an Investigative and Tactical Advantage

Using Social Media for an Investigative and Tactical Advantage

Law Enforcement Turning to Social Media for Help

By: Joseph L. Giacalone
Law enforcement officers in general are reluctant to change, especially when it comes to new technology. For that reason many department and their people are behind the "electronic eight ball."

Social media has interconnected our lives more than we think and best of all it is free. You can’t miss an advertisement on television or in print that doesn’t end with the “Follow Us” tag. It is the biggest thing for law enforcement since the use of DNA in criminal investigations. For law enforcement, social media provides a treasure trove of information without many of the traditional legal hurdles involved to obtain it. But are you or your department embracing this developing technology? I remember when the job turned from typewriters to computers and there was a mass exodus of the “old timers” and with them left a tremendous amount of experience. Social media is here to stay and might just make your investigative life easier.

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