How Law Enforcement and First Responders Use Social Media

How Law Enforcement and First Responders Use Social Media

How Law Enforcement and First Responders Use Social Media

Class Starts: March 20, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 PM Eastern to 2:30 PM

Registration: https://www.catoctincollege.com/classes/how-government-uses-social-media

Social media allows for instant communication for law enforcement and first responders in ways that did not exist 20 years ago.

Police departments are posting crime prevention tips, Amber and Silver alerts, notifications of robberies and reported sexual assaults, self-defense courses and more. Likewise, first responders alert people to accidents, neighborhood gas leaks, and weather emergencies.

By using social media, time-sensitive information can be distributed to mass audiences quickly and across multiple channels simultaneously.

In this course, we going to look at a mix of how local, state and federal law enforcement use social media, as well as how local, state, and national agencies distribute emergency information related to natural disasters, health hazards, and other emergencies.

Lessons

  1. Local and state law enforcement use social media in a variety of ways to engage citizens. In this lesson, we will explore examples from different local and state law enforcement agencies in the United States and the United Kingdom. And we will discuss some of the technologies and platforms used, as well as any controversies surrounding social media use from law enforcement.
  2. Federal law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and others in the US and foreign countries, use social media in a variety of ways to engage citizens and create aware of threats to public safety. In this lesson, we will explore examples from the FBI, as well as law enforcement agencies in other countries. And we will discuss some of the technologies and platforms used, as well as any controversies surrounding social media use from law enforcement.
  3. Local, state, and federal emergency management agencies and first responders are increasing their presence in social media. In cases of man-made as well as natural disasters, teams from these different groups have a critical mission: to get life-saving information shared with as many people as possible. In this lesson, we will explore examples from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), emergency management organizations in other countries, as well as local and state first responders. The goal will be to explore the ways in which these agencies are working to improve critical, emergency notifications through social media, as well as provide community support. We also will discuss some of the technologies and platforms used by these agencies, and any controversies.

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