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Social Media  

Social media is a powerful tool that has substantially changed the way we communicate with other people, organizations and communities—and in many ways, it has changed the rules of law enforcement. Social media offer new means for many law enforcement agencies to communicate with their communities and to find out what the communities are saying about law enforcement.

This training program provides an overview of social media, how it can be used to communicate with the public, how it can be used in investigations, and the potential pitfalls that peace officers should avoid when using social media. Segments include:

• Impact and Applications
• Family Safety
• Preliminary Investigations
• Public Interactions and Career Survival
• Online Officer Safety
• Follow-Up Investigation

The DVD-ROM video program offers two viewing modes and documents:

Facilitated Group Course:
Each segment features a short introduction, followed by scenarios with related questions and activities to assist in facilitating a group discussion about social media. The facilitator has the option to play subject matter expert comments after the discussion to re-emphasize a training point or to ensure all topics are covered. A “Facilitator Guide” document (PDF) is included on the DVD-ROM for printout from a computer.

Informational/Individual Viewing:
This viewing mode allows an individual trainee or a small group of trainees to view the training video without formal (classroom) facilitation by an instructor. Features the same scenarios and questions or activities as the “Facilitated Group Course” track. Individual viewers may view sample group discussions, followed by comments from subject matter experts that reiterate and reinforce the teaching points. A "Student Workbook" document (PDF) is included on the DVD-ROM for printout from a computer.

Additional "how to" instructions for facilitation and obtaining CPT credit are included on the video menu.

Date Produced: July 2012
CPT Hours/Credits: 2 Hours
Length: Approx. 2 Hours
Multimedia Number: 247
Printed Guide: Yes
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