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.