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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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expression or communication of thoughts or opinions in spoken words, in writing, by expressive conduct, symbolism, photographs, video, or related forms of communication.
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What is the difference between a Facebook profile and Facebook page?
A Facebook profile is used by an individual to display information and interact with others on the Facebook platform. Facebook pages are used by brands and organizations to utilize Facebook’s functionalities while presenting a slightly different template for information and interactions to be displayed. There is also another type of page called a Community page that shows information about a subject from Wikipedia and the content of the page is not managed by an official representative. If you find there is an existing Community page about your agency and you wish to create an official page, there is an option on the Community page to do so.
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As of June 2014, Facebook drove 23.39% of Internet traffic.
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