June 2012 Cover

June 2012

Guest Editors: David Roberts, IACP, and Nancy Kolb, IACP

Technology and social media are fundamentally transforming communication and policing in the 21st century. On the one hand, social media’s prevalence is creating new concerns for security agencies dealing in the complex world of extremist ideology. On the other hand, Facebook and Twitter equip law enforcement agencies with the opportunity to tell their own stories about successful arrests and community outreach without needing to communicate with the news media. Either way, law enforcement must be educated about the opportunities and challenges associated with these new components of policing.


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    While social media strategies present new opportunities and are playing historic roles in spreading prodemocracy uprisings across the Middle East, they also are creating new concerns for security agen...

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  • Telling a Story through Social Media

    Imagine if everyone opened up their morning newspaper every day and first read a short, positive story about an officer making a successful arrest. Then they turn the page and see photos and charges f...

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  • Fighting Crime Using Geospatial Analytics

    Geospatial analytics—the use of geographical data to help forecast and solve crimes—is a hot topic in law enforcement agencies right now, but its use is nothing new. Geospatial analytics were e...

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  • The Lingering Privacy Concerns on High-Tech Surveillance and Monitoring of the Public

    Many of us waited for months for the U.S. Supreme Court to issue its opinion in United States v. Jones, hoping upon hope to receive guidance on the rapidly evolving legal and policy issues rela...

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