As social media continues to become the global transmitter of information, many

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As social media continues to become the global transmitter of information, many business even government agencies and law enforcement officials have found ways to utilize this modern day source of communication. Many precincts across the United States have incorporated the use of social media as not only a way to investigate and possibly prevent crimes but also as a gateway to their community. In an article entitled “Police embrace Social Media” it was stated that a 2013 study conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police showed 81 percent of 728 departments surveyed said they used social media (wagley, 2014). The development of a social media order among officials can prove to be quite…show more content…
Personal use of social media sites among police officers brings forth yet another complicated issue. The IACP’s Center for Social Media, urges police departments to prohibit officers from representing the department on personal web sites (wagley, 2014). As part of my social media order all employees would be required to sign a waiver agreeing to not make any associations between themselves and the department. However, when utilizing professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, divulgence of occupation and department would be acceptable. While employees would not be permitted to provide the department with sensitive information such as passwords, if an officer’s site was reported to contain activities or behaviors that violated laws or polices of law officials, they would be subject to disciplinary actions. Posts, comments and any other dialogue pertaining to the department would be prohibited. In addition, videos, photos of any kind that identified said department would be forbidden especially those of officers while in police precinct, uniformed officers, and those wearing apparel that represented the department. While the general order would not be designed to restrict nor put stipulations or limitations on ones life style, the intent would be to preserve

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