Social Media CAN Make a Difference

SM LightbulbI have often talked and spoken about the benefits of law enforcement using social media.  I think most of us who use it, recognize what a powerful tool social media can be.  Law enforcement uses social media for many reasons.  We use it to check the backgrounds on our recruits; for investigations; to educate our citizens; to provide information; for homeland security purposes; to market our departments and dozens of other reasons.

We in law enforcement have used social media recently as a counter balance for all of the negativity directed toward us in the media and through social media.  We post information about all of the positive accomplishments of our staff and provide great examples of our engagement with our communities.  Are we making a difference?  Are our citizens actually getting the message?

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Reflections About 9/11

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As I woke up on September 11, 2015, I couldn’t help but think back 14 years ago to that fateful day none of us will soon forget.  I remember it like yesterday as I am sure most of you do.  At that time, I was working at the Marietta Police Department and we were in a Command Staff meeting.  Once the first plane hit, the meeting ended and all of us were glued to the television for the next several hours in disbelief. 

Policing changed forever that day.

The image that I remember most is the firefighters and police officers running toward the danger, climbing the stairs and doing everything they could to save as many people as possible.  In the end, many of them sacrificed their lives in service to others.  In total, 343 firefighters and 60 police officers died that day.

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