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Patrick Fitzgibbons is a law enforcement professional with approximately 20 years of experience in various capacities
He currently works as an assistant street supervisorfor a police department in Colorado. Patrick plays an integral part to the law enforcement profession as he also instructs the next generation of criminal justice professionals as a part time college professor. He's committed much of his adult life in the pursuit of higher education, as he holds a BS/BM, MBA and MA.
As the newest member to the LawEnforcement.Social team, he will be contributing articles to our blog on a regular basis. In addition to this, he will be a co-host on our The Law Enforcement Social Media Podcast and our live-stream video shows, COPS on Blab and Talk With The Cops.
Because he enjoys a challenge, Patrick is also the founder and host of his own podcast called The CJ Evolution, which covers various law enforcement topics and subjects. You can subscribe to his podcast on Podbean and iTunes.
You can follow Patrick at @Pat_Fitzgibbons.
Billy Grogan is a 33-year law enforcement veteran and is currently the Chief of Police for the Dunwoody Police Department, a suburb of Atlanta, GA. Chief Grogan was an early adopter of law enforcement's use of social media and his agency has received many accolades for its use of social media to engage their community.
Chief Grogan has written about the benefits of law enforcement's use of social media, participated in several social media focus groups, webinars and presented at the IACP, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, COPS Conference and many other venues. Chief Grogan is a regular contributor to the IACP's social media blog, The Social Media Beat.
Chief Grogan also provides training to law enforcement professionals and can be contacted through his site, lesmchief.com.
Based in Galway, Ireland, I am a former Journalist, PR Lecturer and CEO in various corporate roles. I have 14 years experience in media, business communications, PR and digital marketing. I am the founder, lead trainer and strategist at Digital Training Institute. My blog, DigitalTraining.ie was named one of Ireland’s top marketing blogs in Ireland in 2015 by US-based website Search Engine Journal.
I am a co-founder of EdTech startup Webiket, which provides a suite of eLearning courses in cyber wellbeing. We are advocates for good digital citizenship and campaign against cyberbullying. I authored Parents Online and co-authored Young Minds Online with my 19-year-old daughter Sophie. I speak on the subject of Internet safety at conferences and events and most recently at an event hosted by the Irish Government.
My debut title – ‘Social Media Under Investigation, Law Enforcement and the Social Web’ – takes a forensic look at how police forces use social media. I have undertaken the very first study of how An Garda Síochána (the Irish police force) use social media to aid policing and benchmark their activity against international best practice. The book has been bought by law enforcement agencies across Europe and the US and has been described as “an invaluable handbook for officers and agencies starting out with social media or extending their strategies.”
I delivered an address to the 2015 SMILE (social media, the Internet and law enforcement) conference in Phoenix, Arizona on ‘Pushing Law Enforcement’s Social Media Boundaries’ and my books sold out over the three days.
I also have a dedicated blog on the subject and am at beta trial in my online school for police forces called LEO. My first course, Social Media Essentials for Law Enforcement goes live on US-site LawEnforcementLearning.com in September as well as on my own online school.
I hold 11 academic and professional qualifications including, a Masters Degree in Digital Marketing and a Masters Degree in Journalism. I am a regular guest speaker and media contributor. I hold a train the trainer qualification and a mentor qualification. I will join the TED family later this year when I speak at TEDx Omagh, and I am a former finalist in the Irish version of the international franchised TV Show, The Apprentice.
Sergeant Marc Marty is the Recruitment and Hiring Sergeant with the Montebello Police Department in southern California. In Sergeant Marty’s 18 year career as a police officer, he has worked a variety of assignments. Currently he is responsible for the recruitment and hiring of new employees wishing to join the ranks of the Montebello PD. Marc is also responsible for developing the department's training subjects and programs. Most recently, Marc developed his department's Spectial Response Team ("SRT") policy manual, which is one of the most important components of a specialized law enforcement unit, such as SRT.
Tim Burrows has been a sworn police officer for 25 years with experience in front line operations, primary response, traffic, detective operations and supervision. He has training in a broad spectrum of policing responsibilities including, IMS, Emergency Management, computer assisted technology investigations, leadership, community policing and crisis communications.