We end the year with a look at the use of social media by law enforcement, joined by Lauri Stevens, a former journalist who has been working with police departments for 25 years.
Stevens is the founder of a consultancy called LaWS Communications and creator of the SMILE conference — focused on Social Media, the Internet and Law Endorsement.
Stevens contends that even though "social media is completely counter to police culture," law enforcement can use it to its advantage for both investigations and community policing.
She talks about the loss of privacy officers themselves experience in this world of streaming video, and a start-slow approach to doing simple and smart things on social media that produce goodwill at a time when police departments are under unprecidented public scrutiny.
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Paul W. Taylor, Ph.D., is the editor-at-large of Governing magazine. He also serves as the chief content officer of e.Republic, Governing’s parent organization, as well as senior advisor to the Governing Institute. Prior to joining e.Republic, Taylor served as deputy Washington state CIO and chief of staff of the state Information Services Board (ISB). Dr. Taylor came to public service following decades of work in media, Internet start-ups and academia. He is also among a number of affiliated experts with the non-profit, non-partisan Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in Washington, D.C.
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