IACP announces new social media site for law enforcement agencies

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, has launched the IACP Center for Social Media, a project to build the capacity of law enforcement to use social media and related tools to prevent and solve crimes, strengthen police-community relations, recruit employees, and enhance services. The cornerstone of the project is the website www.IACPsocialmedia.org. The website contains a host of no-cost resources, including a model policy, fact sheets, case studies, and instructional tutorials. Both the IACP and BJA are committed to helping law enforcement adopt new technologies to solve crimes, engage community members, and keep officers safe while using this technology.

“The IACP Center for Social Media provides essential information about social media and related technologies. Every police chief should have an understanding of how these tools can be used to enhance our ability to fight crime and enhance service to the communities we serve.” said Michael J. Carroll, IACP President and Chief of Police in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania.

“The IACP Center for Social Media can help law enforcement agencies learn to reach citizens more quickly by sending safety messages about crimes committed just minutes ago, how to better deter burglars, the places and attacks of recent sexual assaults, or inviting families to a neighborhood watch cookout.” said James H. Burch, II Acting Director for BJA, “With better communication between law enforcement and citizens, the more confident citizens will be when they contact their local law enforcement agency.”

The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives. Founded in 1893, the IACP has more than 20,000 members in over 100 countries.