It has been widely reported that U.S. police agencies have been broadening their efforts in using the internet and social media to investigate and in some cases prevent crime. In a move that potentially takes the effort to the next level, news is out this week that soon polices forces across the country will have access to their own social network, called BlueLine.
According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch:
“Created by former New York City police commissioner and Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton, BlueLine is being touted as a site where officers can share their expertise, insight and information securely through video, instant messaging, videoconferencing and screen share capabilities.”
While the article referenced above portrays BlueLine as a collaboration tool, and not specifically for enhancing the use of the internet as a means of investigating and preventing crime, it stands to reason that as police get more accustomed to using the internet in the course of their duties, they will be better able to make use of it in their policing efforts.
Online scammers and predators should come under more scrutiny and risky online actions, particularly those committed by minors, could be easier to flag. Police collaboration investigating scammers across jurisdiction borders should also be easier, a la: Hey officers other towns, check out this link I just posted…
BlueLine is scheduled to debut next month, and the founders hope that a large number of the 17,000 agencies in the U.S. participate. Kudos to the police for making better use of the internet and social media, tools that individuals and companies are using every day. This is even more reason to talk to your teens and pre teens about being very careful about what they post on the internet.
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