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Site offers tips on navigating social media

A new website launched in October 2010 with the goal of helping law-enforcement personnel utilize social media in their agencies’ operations. Managed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)—in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice—the IACP’s Center for Social Media is a clearinghouse of information and no-cost resources about the world of “Web 2.0” and social media. The site succinctly explains the different available technologies and platforms available (such as blogs, photo- and video-sharing sites, podcasts, professional networks, social networks, and wikis), as well as how those technologies could be used to help law-enforcement agencies communicate, recruit, investigate, and prevent crime. The site provides information on implementing policy for social networking; case studies and relevant news items explaining how other agencies are utilizing social networking; as well as how-tos and FAQs.

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