Use Twitter for Breaking News

I have talked about law enforcement using Twitter for critical events and breaking news on several blog posts and during several presentations I have made over the last year.  Twitter is a great platform to push information out because people typically gravitate towards Twitter when something big happens in their community.  Heck, our world is so small today.  It really doesn’t matter where something happens geographically.  People from across the globe will immediately search Twitter for the appropriate hashtag so they can follow the event.

I recently spoke at the International Association of Chiefs of Police PIO Section Mid-Year Conference in Arlington, Texas.  The conference had many topical presentations of interest to PIO’s across the country.  Several PIO’s and police officers presented case studies about incidents they had experienced in their jurisdiction and their response to and management of the media.

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Happy Father’s Day!

I woke up on Father’s Day today and thought about both of my children and how thankful I am to be their dad.  Nothing can really explain how being a father makes you feel except being a father.  There is no feeling like holding your son or daughter in your arms for the first time.  As your children grow, they move from being totally dependent on you as a father to independence, or at least that is the hope!

As time moves forward, you take pride in all of their accomplishments as they learn to drive, graduate from high school and college, get married, and serve others or a million other things they do, achieve, win, find and have over their lifetime.  As a dad, you celebrate with them no matter their age, child or adult.

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#DallasPDShooting – Communicating in a Crisis Using #LESM

At 12:30am on Saturday in Dallas, Texas, the sound of gunfire shattered the quiet night as a gunman opened fire on the Dallas Police Department Headquarters.  Although a surprising act, it is not unheard of as gunmen have attacked police officers at their departments across the country on several occasions.  Check out this video from an attack on police officers with the Detroit Police Department in 2011.

Fortunately, no officers with the Dallas Police Department were injured.  Of course that wasn’t because the suspect didn’t try to kill them.  After all the suspect arrived in an armored van with gun ports and was heavily armed with explosive devices and firearms.  The entire event lasted for over 12 hours and ended at 12:50pm with an announcement that the suspect was dead.

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The Watchful Eye of Social Media

The proliferation of social media has resulted in a complete transformation in the way many police departments communicate with their communities.  Large and small departments across the country have embraced the use of social media as a way to build community trust and demonstrate transparency.  As much as social media has benefited law enforcement, there has also been a downside.

Members of the public are armed with smartphones and are prolific users of social media on a daily basis.  They are driving, walking and interacting with police officers on a daily basis.  Unfortunately, some police officers do things occasionally that are less than professional.  When that happens, there is a good chance that someone is there to record it for posterity.  Usually, the indiscretion shows up on social media.

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Top 7 #LESM Tweets of the Week 5/25-5/31

Ok.  Here are some of the top #LESM tweets for this week.  I hope you enjoy!

  1. https://blog.bufferapp.com/optimal-length-social-media?utm_content=buffer00d7f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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2.   http://thepolicepodcast.libsyn.com/ 

TimBurrowsPod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.http://www.searchenginejournal.com/moving-dial-curated-content/115308/?utm_content=buffer59d7c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

mikebires

 

 

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