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Fargo, North Dakota, Police Use New Social Media App To Live-Stream Traffic Stops

Officer Schindeldecker with the Fargo Police Department explains the use of apps.
Officer Schindeldecker with the Fargo Police Department explains the use of apps.
Could someone be watching your traffic stop live on the internet? Fargo, North Dakota police are using Periscope, an app that lets you live-stream video.

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The Tall and Short of Policing: Cairns Police Officers Create Social Media Stir

Queensland Police Service officers John and Monique. Picture: QPS / Katie Wood Source: Supplied
Queensland Police Service officers John and Monique. Picture: QPS / Katie Wood Source: Supplied
These Queensland police officers have created a stir with a ‘dramatic stand-off’ that reveals their striking height difference.

John and Monique, both constables based in Cairns, have a 51cm height difference between them. John measures up to 206cm (6 foot 9) — too tall for the doorways in the Cairns police station, and a touch taller than the average NBA player 200cm (6 foot 7).

Significantly shorter but more than able to hold her own, Monique reaches 155cm (5 foot 1).

This photo of the pair on the Queensland Police Service Facebook page attracted more than 13,000 likes in just one hour.

Read more in The Australian.

St. Louis Police Puts Emphasis On Strong Social Media Presence

The St. Louis County Police Department’s Twitter feed was buzzing this week with moment-to-moment updates during protests commemorating Michael Brown’s death one year ago.

As Black Lives Matter demonstrators gathered in Ferguson, Mo., officers provided a wide breadth of coverage that almost resembled posts from local media outlets or citizen journalists.

This embrace of social media marks a shift in priorities for a police department that was relatively quiet last year. At the time, the department had just one public information officer, Sgt. Brian Schellman. That’s not uncommon for a department its size, but it proved utterly insufficient in the wake of the countless emails and interview requests that inundated Schellman after Brown’s death.

“I think he was going on two or three hours of sleep a night, so they expanded the [county] department, which included opening up a social media position,” says Vera Culley, who was hired to handle the county’s social media accounts in November 2014.

Culley, an African-American web producer with extensive journalism experience, says her goal was tell the police department’s story, which she felt had gotten lost.

“There was no way in the world they were going to ‘win on social media,’” she says. “But there was no reason for them to not be in the conversation. My approach was to simply join the conversation. Make sure the facts were being reported as facts.”


p id=”yui_3_18_1_1_1439567714026_1789″>St. Louis is not alone in awakening to the importance of social media in shaping the narrative of controversial events; police departments across the nation are overhauling their public relations strategies.

Read more at Yahoo! News.

San Francisco PD Finding Criminals On Instagram

Please, do continue posting incriminating evidence on Instagram. Thank you!
San Francisco Police Officer Eduard Ochoa is SFPD’s “Instagram Officer.” 

“[Instagram] does help us tremendously in obtaining information from suspects,” said SFPD spokesman Officer Albie Esparza. “They post pictures of illegal activity. Some criminals even brag about it.”

That’s what led to the arrest of a 17-year-old who went by the Instagram username “40glock-” and was later charged with two counts of possessing firearms.

Officer Ochoa had been monitoring the minor’s Instagram account after becoming familiar with him as well as another man, Marquis Mendez, from prior investigations.

“I saw [the accused] and Marquis Mendez, all possessing a firearm at one point or another in these Instagram photographs. I knew [the 17-year-old] was on probation. I knew Mr. Mendez was a wanted felon and a prohibited person,” Ochoa said in a testimony that appeared in the court’s ruling.

The photos showed the teen with a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants.

Based on the Instagram pictures, the officers decided to perform a probation search, where the suspects were detained — still wearing the same clothes they had been wearing in the Instagram photographs that Ochoa had seen earlier that evening.

Instagram photos often end up being used as evidence in court.

Read more in The Daily Telegraph.

Ballarat Police Launch Facebook Page

Ballarat Police want the community to like their new Facebook page.

Victoria Police’s Eyewatch social media page allows local police to share updates about crime and community safety. The page also allows the community to connect with police. 

The creation of the Ballarat police Facebook page comes three years after the program was launched in Victoria. 

Two years ago, former police and emergency services minister Kim Wells announced an expansion of the Eyewatch initiative to include Bendigo, Mildura and some Melbourne police service areas.

Read more in The Courier.

Source: www.thecourier.com.au

Creative Police Photography Contest Results

You have spoken and the results are in!

Earlier in July we have asked you to vote for the best and most creative photos involving WA Police. Western Australia’s Police stations were also asked to tag their photos with #creativecopspics to show off their creativity and skills, and compete with other WA Police stations in a fun and friendly contest.

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Teenager Arrested After Police Facebook ‘Friend’ Saw Him On a Train

All it took was a Facebook post and a sneaky picture and an 18-year-old man wanted by Wagga Wagga police was located and locked up.

Officers had been searching for the teenager but he’d been one step ahead of them — that was until he was seen by a Facebook ‘friend’ of the NSW Police force early last Saturday.

The wanted man’s picture had been placed on the Wagga Wagga police Facebook page and was seen by a passenger on a train between Wagga Wagga and Sydney.

When the passenger looked across the carriage he spied the wanted man and secretly took a few pictures of him and sent them to police.

Officers from Wagga Wagga Local Area Command intercepted the train at Cootamundra and arrested the man. He was later charged with trespass and break and enter and refused bail to appear in court today.

Read more in News.com.au.

Source: www.news.com.au