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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

Get Them To Swipe: Engaging With Instagram Galleries

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If you don't already know this, you can add up to ten photos and videos to an Instagram post. This is great for events or incidents in which you wish to share multiple videos or photos, but don't want your feed to become overloaded with that particular incident. Law enforcement social media managers will find the Instagram gallery feature usef...
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How To Launch Your Law Enforcement Twitter Hashtag

How To Launch Your Law Enforcement Twitter Hashtag
Hashtags are the holy grail of Twitter. Developed initially by Twitter users to filter conversations, they are now used strategically to build an online community and generate online PR. So how can law enforcement agencies use the hashtag to raise awareness and how do you get it to trend? Well I hope to answer those questions in this blog post. Don’t forget to follow the #LESM hashtag for all thin...
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Ten Tips For Increasing Law Enforcement Social Media Engagement

Ten Tips For Increasing Law Enforcement Social Media Engagement
Here are the show notes for Episode 5 - If you haven't already done so, listen to this episode right here! Tip #1 - Research Your Mentors Find those agencies who replicate the online presence you would like to have. Don’t focus necessarily on their numbers, but rather the content they are publishing. See what it is that they are using to captivate people’s attention. You’ll also want to look at th...
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Video, Cops And Twitter - Let's Get It On!

Video, Cops And Twitter - Let's Get It On!
So when something new hits a social media platform, it's like Christmas. Some new feature or design seems to awaken the creative thoughts in my head. Last night, when I did my last check of social media for the day, I hit the Twitter app button to be surprised with a blue screen appearing on the phone. Unlike the "blue screen of death" this was "the blue screen of life!" The words on the screen to...
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Dear Police: Shut The F*%$#+^K Up!

Dear Police: Shut The F*%$#+^K Up!
I really can’t think of nice way to say this, so I’m just going to say it straight out… On a daily basis lately I have been reading stories about police officers and sheriff deputies being disciplined, called out and fired for not being able to keep their mouths shut and their fingers off keyboards. There is no arguing that this is a very difficult time for law enforcement. Everyone and their sist...
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Are you muting your own information?

Are you killing your own information on Twitter? Everyday I see lots of great information on Twitter shared by some really amazing people, accounts and agencies. Some of this information is through running streams, while some comes through lists and more is found from just basic search parameters. But, one thing that shows up in almost every manner of information curating I see is the inexplicable...
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