The Social Media Canvass: A 21st Century Law Enforcement Tool
The Social Media Canvass
Law Enforcement Uses 21st Century Tool to Solve Crime
By: Joseph L. Giacalone
When a violent crime occurs and the police respond they begin to establish a command post where they plan on where and how to conduct the canvass for additional witnesses. There are many types of canvasses that the police conduct and now we have one with a 21st century twist. Properly conducted canvasses SHAVES hours off investigative time. Here are the different types of canvasses investigators should deploy during a major investigation:
Surveillance Camera Canvass Hospital Canvass Additional Witness Canvass Vehicle Canvass Evidence Canvass Social Media Canvass
At the makeshift command post an investigative strategy takes place with the supervisor and the investigators. They develop a plan on what buildings to canvass first for additional witnesses. Generally, they start with the building that faces the scene and spiral outwards from there. However, before doing the traditional canvasses, investigators have a new tool at their disposal, the Social Media Canvass.