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Facebook Pages Are For The Community, Not The Police

Facebook Pages Are For The Community, Not The Police

In this episode of The Law Enforcement Social Media Podcast, the crew is joined by Tim Burrows, a leader in law enforcement social media. Tim believes that police department Facebook pages should be focusing on and targeting the community, rather than solely the department's activities.

Retired Toronto Police Sergeant Tim Burrows joins the crew this week on The Law Enforcement Social Media Podcast and COPS on BLAB show.

Hosted by Mike Bires alongside Marc Marty and Arlen Castillo, the discussion about how to make law enforcement's use of Facebook pages more effective for the areas they serve. The way to do this is to spotlight and engage your community in a manner which almost brings more attention to the community, than the police department itself.

Although not mentioned on the show, some great examples of law enforcement engaging their communities through spotlighting their community, community members, and events are:

Arlington Police Department

Brimfield Police Department

Irvine Police Department

Mountain View Police Department

Rosenberg Police Department

And yeah, we're a little partial to the Azusa Police Department, El Monte Police Department, and Montebello Police Department Facebook pages.

Great Questions Asked

During this recording, some followers asked some great questions, such as:

  • How do police officers cope with the stress of the profession?
  • How do we handle "bad" police officers?
  • How can parents help their children see police officers in a good light?
  • What's the one thing we like about the profession, and one thing we wish we could change?