Supporting the Needs of Law Enforcement Online
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The development of sound policy is integral to efficient agency operations. As with many new technologies and issues, the use of social media requires a well-articulated policy that addresses the unique concerns and functions of a law enforcement agency. It is important to involve key stakeholders during policy development such as representatives from the legal and communications office for your agency or unit of government.
Below you will find resources to assist in the development of a social media policy.
IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center Social Media Model Policy
IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center Social Media Concepts and Issues Paper
IACP/PERSEREC Developing a Cybervetting Strategy for Law Enforcement
DOJ Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Developing a Policy on the Use of Social Media in Intelligence and Investigative Activities
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Which social media site is best for my department?
The social media site(s) you decide to use will depend on your agency's size, resources, intended audience, and goals. The IACP does not endorse or recommend any particular social media site, platform, or technology. Search the directory to see what platforms other agencies use and how they are used.
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