The Law Enforcement Social Media Blog

The authoritative resource for news and information about law enforcement social media. From Facebook and Twitter to YouTube and Nixle, we discuss social media and its use as the ultimate community policing tool.
Mike Bires

Creating Awesome Video For Social Media

Video used in social media is different from video produced for other platforms. A social media manager is dealing with the peculiarities of each social media platform, in terms of audience, video characteristics and timing. Some platforms will auto play the video as you view them in your time line, while other platforms will send you over to the video's hosting service to be played outside of the...
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Mike Bires

Audio and Video Solutions for Social Media Live Stream Video

In this episode of The Law Enforcement Social Media Podcast, we introduced our followers to some of the equipment we use for our podcast and our Blab show, "Cops on Blab." We also shared the equipment we use out in the field when we're in our patrol vehicles. Knowing we would have questions after the show, I've created this article to identify the products we spoke about.  We've used all of t...
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Mike Bires

School Brawls, Defiant Students and Law Enforcement Social Media

Recently, there have been incidents involving school resource officers, patrol officers, and school administrators encountering belligerent, defiant students who are challenging the legality and the authority of these leaders in a school setting.  When these incidents occur, cell phone video, is usually posted on social media, either during the incident, or immediately following it. As you ca...
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The Importance and Strategy of Instagram

The Importance and Strategy of Instagram
One of the interesting things I’ve discovered about social media in the nearly seven years I’ve worked in the law enforcement world is how each platform is completely different from one another in terms of audience, language style as well as how and when it’s used. Take Instagram for example. It launched in 2010, a full six years after Facebook first appeared on the scene in 2004, and yet it now r...
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Online Holiday Shopping Safety

Online Holiday Shopping Safety
With the major holiday shopping season about to go into full swing next weekend, I wanted to make sure all our fans here on LawEnforcement.Social were safe from the dangers of online shopping. Studies show that more people are using mobile devices to conduct their shopping. In fact, statistics show 50 percent of shoppers are likely to use their mobile device to conduct some kind of transactio...
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Mike Bires

Can Social Media Be Safe and Private? It Might Be With Frienedy

Safety and security on social media. Usually, we don't think about it until it's too late. We create an account on the most popular social media platforms, start typing away and posting pictures, and never think about who can see what. It's not until something scary or dangerous happens that we take a step back, and start panicking. When our children or teens encounter a dangerous episode online, ...
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