Pros And Cons Of Social Media In Law Enforcement
Crime prevention, one tool used by agencies to prevent crimes. Every time someone posts their vacation, career, loved ones, or daily routine schedule, they become a potential target. Also posting children, predators have many social networks that can harm them. The U.S. Dept. of Justice puts the number of children abducted by strangers at 115 a year, 45 percent abducted was found by helpful tips on social networking.
The Cincinnati Police Department uses social media to stop gang fight. “Dawn Keaton, the Cincinnati Police Department 's Real Time Center Specialist, used social media to prevent a massive gang-related brawl back in 2008 and has since used popular social media sites to track gang members ' activity, FOX affiliate WXIX reported. Keaton was able to find specific locations and members who were going to be involved through social media and stopped the violent attack.”
Public Relations, building relationships online within the community is also a tool used by many agencies. Law Enforcement agencies can share valuable information through post and forums, such as, neighborhood crime watch, local accidents, events, guides, and local resources. The most instrumental use having social networking is spreading the word of an emergency. Also, gaining control over the community, having a trustworthy relationship, providing the community with tips to secure …show more content…
Long, cruel, and intensive background investigations are conducted for candidates to separate those who trustworthy enough to carry the shield. Social networking has allowed background investigators to gain new and valuable insight into the character of their law enforcement candidates. Law enforcement and other sensitive positions would be well advised to clean up their social networking pages in advance. Any illegal activities or embarrassment to the department can disqualify participants in furthering their process.
Now that were aware of the pros, let’s discuss the negative effects social media has on Law Enforcement. Personal credibility is essential for law enforcement. Through social media, people easily can attack a police officer’s character. If an officer’s integrity is compromised, courtroom testimony and investigations are at risk. Law enforcement officers can find their honor under serious attack online at any time. Cases have occurred where comments posted online by officers have led to disciplinary actions.
“A Florida cop lost his job over his racially charged Facebook comments. Fort Lauderdale Officer Jeffery Feldewert was dismissed from the department earlier this month for posting, “Black People: Because without them the evening news wouldn’t be as much fun to watch” in reference to the arrest of several black suspects in