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How Law Enforcement Agencies are Using Social Media

“Hey, @SeattlePD: What’s the Latest?” is the title of a New York Times article discussing one of the more interesting uses of social media by law enforcement. The article describes a new Seattle police department Twitter campaign that involves the agency launching 51 “hyper-local,” computer-automated Twitter accounts, in addition to their main profile. The project is called “Tweets-by-beat,” and it transforms the traditional police blotter into a real-time source of information, neighborhood by neighborhood.

The Many Faces of Terrorism

Popular media often portrays a terrorist as a person of Middle Eastern descent. It’s a shortsighted, dangerous and limited perspective that reflects the media’s lack of diversity in imagination. Seldom are terrorists depicted as blonde-haired, blue-eyed individuals dressed in traditional business attire. But that view may soon change.

Social Media and Crime: How to Protect Yourself

For several months now, I’ve used social media to engage and interact with the CTU community on topics related to Criminal Justice. For me, one of the most fascinating and enjoyable aspects of social media is the ability to connect with people I might not otherwise get to know. When you think about it, social media enables you to potentially reach millions of Web users worldwide. That idea got me thinking: Do you know who is on the receiving end of your tweet, status update or online post?

As Communities Recover from Disaster, Law Enforcement Plays Critical Role

The role of law enforcement has never solely been about enforcing the laws. The phrase “Serve and Protect” goes beyond catching bad guys. America’s history has shown us that the responsibilities of first responders during a disaster, whether natural or manmade, are critical to a community’s effective recovery.

When Disaster Strikes, Who’s in Charge?

We live in a country that, both by virtue of its size and its geographic location, is subject to a variety of natural disasters including earthquakes, brush fires, tornadoes, mudslides, flooding, ice storms, blizzards, tsunamis and, of course, hurricanes. Not surprisingly, a big and important part of the Homeland Security mission has to do with preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural disasters.

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