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 is the founder of LawEnforcement.Social. He is a regular contributor to the blog and is the host of The Law Enforcement Social Media Podcast, available on iTunes and Google Play.

Civilians Can Do Social Media Investigations, Too!

Do you want to conduct your own social media investigations? Maybe you're curious what a family member is doing online, or what an employee is saying about you or the company. Whether you want to verify the validity of a website or social media account, or need to determine the activities of your teen daughter, this episode of The Law Enforcement Social Media Podcast and COPS on Blab is just for y...
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Are You Using The Facebook Instant Reply Feature?

We all know staying on top of those incoming messages on Facebook can sometimes pose a challenge for us here in law enforcement social media. For example, if you are in an organization where monitoring of your department's social media platforms 24 hours a day is not possible, you only have two choices; Ignore the incoming messages and address them the next time a member of your social media team ...
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Sprout Social and Facebook Images: The Solution

We use Sprout Social here at LawEnforcement.Social to manage our social media accounts, and the police department where I work has their own Sprout Social account for the department's various platforms. Although I love the platform because it simplifies doing certain tasks, there is one issue it can't handle.  Uploading Photos Using Sprout Social - The Problem If you've ever tried to upload a...
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Curating Content for Holiday Safety Tips

In this episode of The Law Enforcement Social Media Podcast and COPS on Blab, Tony Moore, Marc Marty and Arlen Castillo share their favorite sources of content for creating holiday messages on their social media platforms.  What is Curated Content? Curated content is a collection of content and resources from around the web. If you shared a link with your followers before, you curated content. Mak...
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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, Decemb...
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A Law Enforcement Social Media Audit

Social media allows two-way conversations over multiple platforms. It connects like-minded people and entertains us with news, views and happenings from right across the world. It’s instant, it allows us to follow the lives of others as it happens, it keeps us in touch with the brands and the people that matter to us, the causes we are interested in, and it’s absolutely free! We now live in an age...
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