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Mike Bires

A Hashtag Based On A Community Tragedy

A Hashtag Based On A Community Tragedy
We originally planned to have our friends from the Arlington Police Department's Social Media Team on the show for this episode, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, they had to reschedule with us. Thankfully, our fan of the week, Rebecca Tabbert-Contreras, has graciously offered to step-up and fill in for Arlington PD. After the mass murder in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday, D...
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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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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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