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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 challenging. Law enforcement officials must be meticulous in their use of networking sites. Rather departmental use, or personal use, it is imperative that departments and officers have rigged stipulations on usage as to prevent negative backlash, law suits, and the compromise of evidence and possible convictions. “Pitfalls for police officers on face Book” reported how a NYC ex-con was acquitted of weapon possession due to the arresting officers Face Book and MySpace status that stated he watched a popular movie entitled “Training Day” to brush up on police protocol along with a series of damaging statements that compromised the integrity of the police work (Terrence P. Dwyer, 2010). If I had the task of formulating an order such as this, it would consist of two parts which stated detailed regulations regarding personal use and departmental use. Departmental use of social media would be divided into two categories, community awareness and investigation, while personal use would outline prohibit... ... middle of paper ... ...edom of speech, they are still public servants and should govern themselves accordingly. Inappropriate posts not only embarrass departments but may also prod fodder for opportunistic defense lawyers looking to impeach an officer’s testimony states Marshall (Staub, 2012). Works Cited Staub, A. (2012, july). USA Today. Retrieved march monday, 2014, from Officer's facebook post sparks uproar: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-07-23/facebook-wilmington-police/56435776/1 Terrence P. Dwyer, E. (2010, august 11). Pitfalls for police officers on Facebook. Retrieved march monday, 2014, from policeone.com: http://www.policeone.com/off-duty/articles/2304799-Pitfalls-for-police-officers-on-Facebook/ wagley, J. (2014). Retrieved March Monday, 2014, from Security Management: http://www.securitymanagement.com/article/police-embrace-social-media-009175

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