The Police Podcast

The Police Podcast brings together police officers, the agencies they represent and the communities they serve. We discuss current events, social media, best practices when dealing with the police and the lives our officers live. When we aren't talking with officers, we talk to business leaders in industries that can have positive impacts on helping agencies and officers do better jobs. Experts from communications, finance, equipment and training bring their real world knowledge to help inform and educate our nation's protectors.
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Jul 23, 2015

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For something a little different...this podcast was origianlly recorded as a 'Scope on the Periscope platform, so you'll hear references to the audience and Periscope specific terms...let's see how this goes.

5 Tips To Help You Trick Facebook's Algorithm

Facebook, as a publicly traded company has a responsibility to earn money for it's investors, not to give you what you want...views.
A+B=C, if C then D. If D=T+L then, M.
I have no idea what that means but I know it's a very basic algorithm. A mathematical equation or formula. The language of computer program functionality.

Facebook uses algorithms to determine exactly how your experience will be using the platform based on a multitude of variables, all designed to accumulate data to provide to advertisers to make money to please investors....plain and simple.

" mean very little to Facebook..."
Most of us aren't paying Facebook for anything but we are happy to use their infrastructure to post our messages, thoughts, pictures, videos, know, content. For a page, this means you mean very little to Facebook unless you are 'paying to play'. But, fewer and fewer people are actually seeing that content, even if it is awesome.

How do you get around this algorithm problem and trick Facebook into pushing your content without paying?

You play within the rules of the algorithm for your own benefit. You understand how the algorithm works and you manipulate it. Here's how.

1) Pictures
Facebook loves pictures. Make pictures part of your content. Make the pictures good so that they get attention.

2) Videos
Facebook after allowing native video has seen a dramatic rise in video use and views. Post videos on a regular basis...even if they aren't yours but make sure they are videos people will view.

3) Interaction / Engagement
Make sure you reply to people who comment on your content. Like their comments (if appropriate) and reply, even if it's to just say "Thanks".

4) Share Great Content
If someone else has produced great content that is popular, share it with your audience AND make sure to include where the information came from.

5) Keep Eyes On Your Content
Think long, sticky content. Facebook is now rewarding content that keep eyes on it longer. With your picture, video, shared content, be willing to write "War and Peace". Write a long post that will keep eyes on your content. Just look at what Facebook had to say on one of their own recent blog posts about this:

"For example, you may scroll quickly through your News Feed and like a photo of your friend’s graduation, followed by sharing a funny post from your sister. You keep scrolling and happen upon a post your cousin shared detailing everything she did and saw on her recent trip. Her post even includes a photo.

You spend time reading her post and the interesting discussion about the best places to eat that had broken out in the comments on this post, but you don’t feel inclined to like or comment on it yourself. Based on the fact that you didn’t scroll straight past this post and it was on the screen for more time than other posts that were in your News Feed, we infer that it was something you found interesting and we may start to surface more posts like that higher up in your News Feed in the future."

Adding into the end of tips number five....if you have made it this far, you now see what it means to have a long, sticky post. Even if you don't "like" the post or comment or share it, Facebook will reward this page because your eyes stayed here a lot longer so Facebook knows, there was something to it.

Jul 17, 2015

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Need? Do you really need to follow the police on social media? Very simply put, yes you do. You need to follow your local city police, county police and state police.

Some of you may be thinking that, “Tim, I already abide by the laws, I’m a good citizen, why do I need to follow the police? ” Well that’s a great question and the best answer I have is because you are exactly who they need to follow them. That’s right, the police need you to follow them.

Your name is John or Jane. You’re married in your mid thirties. You have 2 children, commute everyday to work in an office, enjoy dinner with your family playing with your kids after eating and on the weekends you do your shopping, get your kids to their activities, catch up with friends and don’t give a second thought to your personal safety.

You are the perfect follower for the police. You see, you make up the vast majority of the tax base of any given community. You rarely require the services of your police and chances are the only contact you have had with them is though a traffic stop or because of that ‘stupid thing you did as a teenager’.

The police need you because you are their secret weapon. You want to know that when you are at work your home is protected. You want to know that you will be safe travelling to and from your office and that while you are there you won’t become the victim of a crime. You want to know that there won’t be any bad people trying to talk to our children in real life or online.

You want to know that the police are there for you, but you never want to need them. Your police department also wants life to be exactly like that. But because of life isn’t just that “Mayberry” you need to follow your police on social media.

The police are holders of vast information and they want to share that information with you because they know something else about you. You will share that information with your friends and family because it will make them safer and protect them from the same things that you are protected from.

The police will share crime prevention information. Things that most of us take for granted like why the bushes in front of our windows should be the kinds with thorns on them or what that little mirror on the bank machine is actually for.

Some police officers will try to inspire young children with creativity and showing them there is more to life than they sometimes see or take them on a camping trip to get them out of the concrete walls that are sometimes their only existence.

They will let you know about crashes and traffic disruptions to ease your commute and the local weather so you know how to dress for the day. The police will warn you about the bad guys and girls that could cause you harm and the ways they will do it, like when you aren’t paying attention on the subway and you find yourself the victim of a smart phone theft.

A great police department on social media will tell you that there are three things needed for a crime to occur:

§  A victim

§  An opportunity

§  A criminal

They will show you how to insulate yourself from becoming a victim and how to remove yourself from the opportunity equation and how to avoid the criminal.

When active crime is happening, you know you can turn to your police for the facts and the information that is credible because they don’t work in speculation or innuendo. Your police aren’t on a timeline for keeping viewers on their channel so they don’t start massive fishing expeditions for the next great rumour.

Is there a criminal in your midst or a new type of crime that is looking for fresh victims? Your police will be providing that information to help make you safer.

Here is one of the best reasons that you should be following your police. They actually want to talk to you! They want to know what concerns you. They want to know what areas of your town you won’t go to after dark. They want to know what you believe they could do better to serve your community. Reach out and say “Hello” to your police department and there is a really good chance they will say hello back.

Need a laugh? There are police departments that specialize in adding humor to the social stream because they know the world can be a pretty depressing place some days and everyone could use a little laugh from time to time and they like to show their lighter side…

To give you the best reason to follow your local police, I have to go back 185 years to the birth of modern policing and the man who put in place the rules that still exist today. Sir Robert Peel is the father of modern policing and in 1829 he developed the Peels Principals of Policing.

One of those principles, the seventh, states, “… the police are the public and that the public are the police…” In other words, we all need to be there for each other. The police are members of the public and while they will come to our aid, we must also come to theirs and also to one another. If following, liking, retweeting, subscribing and sharing their information is the best we can do then we should all do it.

Ever think what your town would be like without crime? Imagine a place where tax dollars can be directed at social programs, school lunch and breakfast programs, senior care programs because as a community you insulated yourself so well against crime and made such a strong stance against criminals that the purpose of the police was just to maintain order and give advice as opposed to chasing the bad people around and burdening the courts! Sure, that’s a bit of a pipe-dream, but where would we be today if the dreamers of yesterday didn’t succeed.

Search the name of your police department, go to their website and look for their social icons so that you can help your city, your community and yes, even yourself be a little safer, more aware, educated and sometimes even entertained.

If your police aren’t everything I’ve described, let me know. I’ll reach out to them for you.

Jul 17, 2015

The episode is brought to you by....


Chris Rasmussen has been a police officer for 20 years and works with the Redwood City Police Department.

He is a devoted family man, community member and all around great guy. I've been following Chris for many years and consider him one of the "OGs" of law enforcment's social media use. 

Redwood City has a diverse population but the greatest population base there speaks SPanish so it only seemed logical to Chris that they should establish a Spanish Police presence with their social media efforts. 

Chris is repsonsible for the creation and implementation of his departments social strategy and is the primary point for dissemination, monitoring and engagement...and he is also a front line officer...kind of takes away the excuse for no time.

Follow Chris and the Redwood City Police:

Facebook (Spanish)

Jul 16, 2015

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You can't argue that great use of social media for your agency (business) is both an art form and a science. Chances are you want to increase your voice in the social space and understanding how to use both artistic creativity combined with science will improve your ability to be shared.

1) Quote or ReTweet:
I have become a huge fan of the Quote feature especially in those instances that I want to add my thoughts about why I'm sharing the information. 

2) If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get:
Be willing to ask your audience to retweet you. While "Please RT" is good, actually spelling it out is even better, "Please RETWEET."

3) Make it Valuable:
While some tweets can be 'just for fun' or 'just because', nothing is as important to sharing as the actual content you put out. Put out great content that is value based on your audience needs and you'll see more shares.

4) What's In A Number:
If your tweet has a number in it, use the numerical value instead of the long version. Using a number shows an increase of 17% in retweets, not seventeen percent.

5) Think About News and Instructions:
Everyone wants to be on the front edge of sharing great information that is relevant or helpful to others. The most popular things people want to share are news, instructional information, entertainment, opinions and products.

6) Timing:
If your audience is most active online at 2:00pm on a Saturday, that would be a great time to put out your content for maximum shares. Commuter times, weekends, lunch time are all considerations to help you make your best time. Your own analytics will tell you as well if you're paying attention.

7) Picture This:
Adding pictures to your tweets can dramatically increase the retweets. Pictures also can tell your story for you leaving you with less typing to get your thoughts across.

8) Hashtags:
Like pictures, good hashtags can slice your character count. They can act like chapters in a book explaining the content without using a lot of words. Be careful on how many you use. 2-3 maximum per tweet. Going beyond that can make your tweet look like spam.

9) Link It:
Using link in your tweet has shown positive retweets and better awareness of what you are trying to message. Placement matters here as well. Links that are between 75 and 90 percent of the way into a tweet increases their purpose.

10) Be a Retweeter:
One of the cornerstones of social interaction is 'returning the favor'. Want to get retweets? Retweet others AND GIVE CREDIT. When you see other people's great information share it, but make sure you include that person in your tweet as a "@ via", "@mention" or just an organic retweet itself.




Jul 16, 2015

Today's point to ponder is brought to you by:

Policies, procedures, guidelines and training all attempt to help and guide a law enforcement officer's decision-making and set the boundaries for what should and shouldn't be done. But, is that enough?

Police are to be neutral and leave their opinions at the door when they walk out on the street to enforce laws and protect the public. All too often lately we are seeing that the opinions expressed while off-duty can easily carry over into their on-duty existence.

Agencies are struggling with the idea of protecting an individuals right to freedom of speech while balancing that freedom with protecting the reputation of the department, or more importantly the reputation and effectiveness of the officer.

It is very easy to get emotionally charged up and try to express what you are feeling on the playground of social media but that expression can cost you.

Yes you have rights protecting your speech, but in the grander scheme of things, should you exercise them? In  some cases, absolutely not.

Officers are getting investigated and disciplined for expressing their thoughts in their private lives which may never be shown or expressed while working. You may be incredible at dividing your personal feelings from your work obligations and never do anything wrong, but one post, like, share on social can be used against you in your profession, rightly or wrong...that's reality.

The BEST way to protect yourself is just to refrain from making a post that will bring your integrity, reputation and professionalism into question.

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Jul 15, 2015

Today's Podcast is brought to you by:


Chief Billy Grogan has been a fan, user and teacher of social media for law enforcement as long as he has been the Chief. In fact, he is the @LESMChief on Twitter!

Chief Grogan knew from the time that Dunwoody Georgia Police came into existence, social and digital media would play a role in how they would engage with their community, build relationships and foster an environment that allowed a trusting relationship to grow.

In the beginning it was only Chief Grogan at the controls of the Dunwoody PD presence, but with your executive supporting the medium, it didn't take long for the agency to put more and more people into place to carry the voice of the agency.

Chief Grogan has complied all he has learned into the pages of a brand new book, 

Chief Grogan has put some considerable thought into this book. Tips, tricks, tools, policy, examples...every page has information that has the most important element you would want...useable content! 

I highly recommend Chief Grogan's book which you can order by following this link: Twitter: A Guide For Law Enforcement

To get to know Chief Grogan and the Dunwoody Police better, connect with them:
Twittter: @DunwoodyPolice
Facebook: /DunwoodyPolice

Chief Grogan
Twitter: @ChiefGrogan @LESMChief

Jul 4, 2015


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Instagram is the social media platform that out performs every other platform in terms of pure engagement.

Instagram Tips


The Basics – Point and Shoot

Fill Out Your “Bio” Section

Make sure your bio is complete. Take the time to fill it out correctly. You really want people to know who you are and what you’ll be sharing.

Learn How to Take Great Pictures on Your Phone

The mobile nature of your smart phone combined with Instagram is the perfect pairing for an awesome presence, but you have to take great pictures to start. Learn about the settings in your smart phone. Most high end smart phones now have some pretty amazing options that can compete with a decent DSLR, but it really is still just a camera on a phone…it will never be as good as a full blown camera. (See filters for more on this.)

Get the most out of your DSLR

Share your DSLR photos with your mobile device. New cameras have WiFi cards that make this process seamless and transfer your pictures directly to your phone. Get in the habit of taking pictures continually and loading them to a file that can be accessed through your phone for easy posting at a later time.

Scenery Rules

The five best pictures I have shared on Instagram have been scenery pictures. Sunsets, blue skies, a stream and a spider’s web rocked the likes and comments. While they may have nothing to do with policing, people like to see great scenery shots so give them your best once a week.

If you like it then you better put a filter on it.

Instagram offers awesome filtering capabilities. Experiment with them. Even though some appear the same, there are subtle similarities that you can have a lot of fun with. Not every picture looks great with the same filters so play with them.

The other toys

Blur, contrast, sharpness, tilt, warmth…so many choices to play with that can have a dramatic impact on your pictures. Experiment…you’ll be amazed with what you can do to a normal picture to turn it into an art piece.

 Intermediate – Start thinking beyond immediacy and ‘build’ a picture using tools for editing photos.

Brand your pictures.

Every picture should be branded with something that says ‘you’. Add at the very least your Twitter ID on the picture and keep it in the same place every time.

Add quotes, sayings, memes.

Have a picture of a police officer and a member of the public shaking hands, hugging, high-5’ing? Add Peel’s quote, “The public are the police, the police are the public” to it. Working together

Memes tend to get a lot of traction on Instagram, so take advantage of this type of viral-style image by creating your own graphic and text combinations.  Use the Meme Generator website to research current meme trends, as well as make your own to share.

Experiment With Video Clips

Use the video capabilities. You can tell a lot with those 15 available seconds if you do it right. Every week, do a 15 second safety video.

Give a “Behind the Scenes” Look

Show your followers an inside look of policing. Things that we take for granted, the public might really like. A locker room, a roll call (parade) shot, the radio, fingerprint tools (livescan / old ink blotter),


If you like using hashtags, then Instagram is for you.  Instagram allows up to 30 per image so think of all the hashtags you can add to your art. You want to build an audience so think about what your fans talk about and also what other police interests are. Here’s a list:

#police #policeofficers  #hero #cops #cop #coplife #policelife  #lawenforcement  #corrections #correctionofficers #911  #heroes  #thinblueline  #officers #respectthem  #brotherhood #blueblood #family #bluefamily  #copfamily  #policefamily  #firstresponders #copwife #policewife

Pro Tip: use two hashtags in your image description then post it. Then be the first to comment on your picture using all other relevant and useful hashtags. I love using the desktop for this multiple hashtags tactic.

Share your Instagram Pics on other platforms

Don’t limit your Instagram pictures to Instagram.  Post your Instagram links to Facebook, Twitter and any other social media service you use in order to grow your user base and provide followers on other networks with valuable content. Instagram allows for cross populations, but be careful doing this. Once you have filtered and touched up your photos and they are perfect, then take the time to add that photo natively to the other platforms.

Focus on Community

Build a following through your Instagram account. You want your following to feel like a community around you so build it with that in mind. Give your followers a ‘name’  and refer to them collectively in posts.

Create an Instagram contest

Contests are great for getting people involved and bringing attention to your program. Have a contest where your audience sends you great Instagram worthy pics around a theme, “people and the police” or caption this photo are some great ideas for you to try out.


If someone comments on your pics, thank them. If someone asks a question, answer them. Go through your followers and comment on their pics, like their art. Show you are part of their community as well.

Story telling

If a picture can tell a story, think what a progression of pictures can tell. Create a hashtag around a specific event or a title for a series of pictures and tells story using the pictures.  Think of a recruit class…follow them along through their training with a few weekly pictures of their activities from first class to graduation.

Collage your pictures

If you are at an event share lots of pictures from that one event using a third party app to collage the pictures.


Jul 3, 2015

Today's point to ponder is brought to you by...

So many of us started out our working life by sitting at the side of a road, at the end of our driveway with a sign that read, "Lemonade." It's almost a childhood rite of passage to try and earn some extra money by selling lemonade, kool-aid or cold water on a hot day.

I can't tell you how many times while riding my police motor or driving the squad that I would stop at a lemonade stand and buy a glass and talk with kids and parents alike...brings back sweet memories of happy kids, appreciative parents and a kind of interaction that went unnoticed but never unappreciated. 

Sgt. Ben Becchetti + Officer Dave Pecoraro of the Palo Alto Police Department know that exact feeling and they shared their love of community building through taking the time to chug back some lemonade, sharing a laugh with kids, letting them see the inside of a police car and learning more about serving and protecting with Lieutenant Zach Perron. 

Lt Perron got to thinking and saw a great opportunity to get more of the Palo Alto Police involved with this form of community outreach and invited the public to let them know where road side stands were so that officers could indulge on a hot summer day.

The feedback from the community has been amazing and the initiative is spreading across the country. This once unseen form of community building now can now be seen through the use of social media. 

#CopsLoveLemonadeStands is being embraced by police officers and agencies because of how simple it is to take part in and how much of a positive impact it has in their communities. 

How much good will is being created with communities by a simple act like this? What kind of price tag can you put on leaving a lasting, good and positive memory in the mind of our youth? 

Get out there and join this movement...who knows, in the winter we can swing back for a visit becasue, #CopsLoveHotCocoa

Lt. Perron also wrote an excellent piece about this for the International Association Of Chiefs of Police:

Take a look on Twitter at the hashtag #CopsLoveLemonadeStands to see how great this is.

Thanks to Lt Perron for joining on The Police Podcast today. You can follow along with the Palo Alto Police on social media:
Lt Perron on Twitter


Jul 2, 2015

The episode is brought to you by...

How would you like to get 1.2 MILLION Facebook likes, in 48 HOURS???

Nick Whitney, owner of Tread Armament and Weaponry put out a challenge to help equip Tank, a Washington Utah police K9 in training, with body armor if Tank could get 1 million likes in one year.

Well, Tank got the 1 million likes but it only took 48 hours!!

That got my attention and I had to talk to Nick about his offer and why he put it out there with Vesting America's Police K-9s, Tank and Tread Armament.

Nick is a down to earth business owner who just wants to give back and it was great talking to him about his efforts.

There was a bonus in all of this that Tread Armament and Weaponry is a huge police supporter and provides equipment for both law enforcement and the general public.

Please visit all of those involved in this great effort to get one of our K9's equipped with potentially life saving gear...did I say one? My mistake...a side part of the campaign was the establishment of a "Go Fund Me" initiative that has raised enough money (at the time of recording) to outfit 11 K9s!!!

Tread Armament

Vesting America's Police K9s
Website (Go Fund Me)


and of course
Tank on Facebook

Jul 2, 2015

Today's episode is brought to you by...

Public Information Officers from across the country gathered in Arlington, Texas for the International Association of Chiefs of Police Mid-Year Public Information Officers Conference hosted by the Arlington and Fort Worth Police Department's.

It was a great three days of learning, teaching and networking with like minded people that are all committed to advancing the ability of police agencies to build relationships, trust and transparency within their communities.

In this episode I recap what went on and some of the major take-aways that I had. 


Jun 17, 2015

Today's episode is brought to you by;

About a week ago, online superstar, celebrity, marketing maven, fitness expert and tribe builder Chalene Johnson got the surprise of her life...she got hacked!

Chalene wasn't the target of the hack because she is famous, a celebrity or wealthy...she was hacked because she was an accessible target like thousands of others that become victims on a daily basis. 

There are always three elements needed for crime to happen.

  1. A criminal
  2. An opportunity
  3. A victim

The goal of crime prevention is to remove any one of those elements and when you do, you will remove the crime. That is exactly what this episode and show notes are about...crime prevention.

The more educated you become, the less likely you will be a victim. The more you insulate yourself, the more you remove the opportunity.  Chalene wants this story shared so that other's don't also become victims.

Click here to go to Chalene's podcasts about what happened to her.

Here are my top 10 tips to help insulate yourself and avoid, or at least make it a lot harder, to be a victim. The time in the podcast is listed when I talk about these points specifically so you can jump right there.




Here are some very highly rated password managers that can work great for your needs. 
Dashlane, Lastpass, Roboform, Password Manager Pro, 1PasswordKeePass







In Episode 6 of The Police Podcast, I spoke to Los Angeles County Sherrifs Deputy, Tony Moore who is a cyber safety expert. Hear what he had to say about cyber safety and the advice he gave by listening to that episode as well. 

Deputy Moore spends some time focusing on Facebook...which we all know has some serious privacy issues. 

Click here to hear Deputy Moore. 

Jun 15, 2015

Today's podcast is brought to you by...

I woke up yesterday morning to a Twitter stream full of one of the worst things possible in my mind...a police department under attack by a man with assault rifles and bombs.

By now most of us know the story of James Boulware and his attack on the Dallas Police Department. 

I became aware of it because of the awesome feed by the Dallas Police Department and Major Max Geron on Twitter.

It didn't take long to see a few tweets and turn my office into an information centre for streams on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope and Instagram.

As the day wore on and it went from breaking information to re-caps, CNN personality Fredricka Whitfield decided a good way to describe Boulware was as, "...courageous and brave..."

As I said on Twitter, could you imagine what CNN would do if a police department said something like that? They would have live reporters out front of the department interviewing everyone they could who hated the police demanding the police department be shut down, investigated by the DOJ and all members charged for crimes against humanity.

But now, 36 hours later, nothing from CNN and an apparent, I "mis-spoke" from the reporter.

Here's the clip just in case anyone thinks that her words are taken out of context. 

But let's never forget, she has a right to say those words and every police officer worth their weight in gold will protect that right even if they don't agree with her.

Thank you police, everywhere. 

UPDATE: June 14 2015...

Ms Whitfield and CNN agree that this is an appropriate apology. I think it's an even greater insult to be so flippant and arrogant. What are your thougts?

UPDATE: June 18, 2015...
I missed this when it happened but since I called out CNN and Ms Whitfield for their words and actions, the very least I can do is also share the reversal.


Jun 8, 2015

Today's podcast is brought to you by:

Mike Russell has been a mainstay as the face of the Victoria Police Department in British Columbia, Canada for a few years now. He is well known within both the policing community and also the everyday people community.

Mike is also known online as "Community Mike" because of his committment to building communities and being part of the greater good.

From his website you learn everything there is to know about Mike in the first line, 

"I connect communities. How can I help you? 

I'm Mike, a community advocate, social media strategist, digitial media innovator, community collaborator, professional communicator, father of four and husband to an amazing woman.  

I've worked in communities in BC and Alberta engaging residents in community-driven solutions to complicated problems.  Using social media, digital resources, engagement strategies, and lots of coffee, our innovative solutions have been replicated and studied across North America.

From #VicPDHelps, Canada's first twitter crime reporting to the first Canadian interactive police app 'mobileVicPD' and using Pinterest to return recovered stolen property, innovation and collaboration are key tenets of our work.

I am an advocate of online security and privacy and have trained and presented on open source investigations, internet security and the implications of information sharing in our digital environment. 

The successful parterships I develop, lead to great collaborations between community, police, government, social agencies and the business community, with the end goal of creating a caring, safe community for all. 

I am a passionate volunteer and advocate, having volunteered thousands of hours with charities throughout Edmonton and Victoria and am passionate about giving back to the communities I love.

Nice to meet you, how can I help?"

You can follow Mike and the Victoria Police here:

Jun 3, 2015

Today's episode is brought to you by

Robert Tornabene is an active sworn police officer from the Greater Chicago area. He has taken what he has learned in policing and helps police officers and the community become safer and better prepared in the social age. 

Robert has experience as a school resource officer, gang officer, public information officer and front line patrolman and supervisor that have all leant themselves to helping him establish Gate America, a training resource for the betterment of our communities.

Robert was having a conversation on Twitter the other morning with a couple of people and the issue at hand was how posting information to social media regarding active situations with police activity could jeopardize the safety of not just the community but the public at large as well.

Robert was inspired by the conversation and took to his blog to write about it.

Read his post here:

I knew this was an issue that deserved more attention so I reached out to Robert and this episode is the result of that.

We would ask that our communities share this information so that the next time an event happens; the public will be more cognizant of the potential outcomes. 

This episode will also serve as the topic for #CopChat on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

You can follow Robert here:

May 29, 2015

Today's podcast is brought to you by...

Mark Economou is the Public Information Officer of the Boca Raton Police Department which is situated on the Atlantic Coast of the great state of Florida. 

Made famous by Seinfeld, Mark is quick to point out that it's not just all old people eating at 4pm and living in retirement villages...Boca is much more than that and is one of the fastest growing parts of Florida.

Mark is a transplant from the New England area and is a die-hard Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots fan who is still trying to find ways to defend Tom Brady!!!

The Boca Police Department is one of the original law enforcement social media agencies and even after 6 years in the social space, they are still keeping ahead of the curve through innovation and the use of new technology as it emerges. 

Led by Chief Dan Alexander, the Boca Police have embraced community engagement and outreach particularly through the use of video, building campaigns around the "Kindergarten Cops".

You can learn more about the Boca Raton Police by following them on social media and visiting their website. 

Chief Alexander: 

May 20, 2015

Nick Selby co-founded StreetCred Software, which is a software-as-a-service offering created by police officers who understand how police officers use information, data and leads. StreetCred helps law enforcement agencies manage their arrest warrants, eliminate warrant backlogs and improve efficiency while increasing officer safety. Nick also serves part-time as an investigator for the Midlothian (TX) Police Department, focused on organized retail and cyber crime, and volunteers as a reserve officer at another DFW-area police agency.

Nick is co-author of Blackhatonomics: the Economics of Cybercrime (Syngress, 2012) and technical editor of Investigating Internet Crimes (Syngress, 2013). He co-founded the enterprise security practice at analyst firm The 451 Group.

Nick consulted hundreds of venture-backed startups on understanding their competitive landscape, on product development and feature enhancements, user interface and security. He has consulted US and European governments, more than 80 investment banks, more than 20 venture capital firms. From 2006-2011, he served on the faculty of IANS Research. Since 2008 he's focused on law enforcement intelligence.

Nick speaks regularly at conferences and events such as Code for America Summit, The RSA Conference, BSides, IACA, SecTOR, NOBLE, SMILE, IANS, Security Standard, CXO Interchange and SANS WhatWorks. 

Based in Eastern Europe and Europe from 1990 to 2004, Nick has spent more than two decades immersed in emerging technologies, including open source and wireless technologies, and software piracy. An IFR pilot, Nick published pilot resource Flyguides from 2001-2005.

Specialties: Law enforcement technology, intelligence, intelligence operations, joint operations, data leakage, data loss, log management, vulnerability assessment, change and configuration management, security, anti-fraud, anti-money-laundering

You can keep up with Nick:

Twitter: @nselby

or reach him through email at

May 15, 2015

Today's podcast is brough to you by:

Chief Devon Clunis is committed to youth and his community, which shows through as we talk about policing and change. 

Chief Devon Clunis began his career with the Winnipeg Police Service in 1987 and has served in major areas of the organization including Uniform Patrol, Traffic, Plainclothes Investigation, Community Relations, Organizational Development & Support, and Duty Office (city-wide operational command), as well as a number of administrative leadership roles.

Chief Clunis is an avid community volunteer and has helped to raise over $1 000 000.00 on behalf of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Manitoba. He was appointed police chaplain in 1998 and has provided support to his members in that capacity, as well as providing support to members of New York City Police Department in the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center. The Winnipeg Police Service formally recognized his excellence in policing and community work by awarding him the James Toal Award of Excellence in 2002.

Chief Clunis was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 2002, Sergeant in 2004, Inspector in 2007, Superintendent in 2010, and appointed Chief of Police October 2012.

In addition to his leadership and management skills, Chief Clunis has overseen the development of an in-house leadership development program for Service members. He is a well- respected leader who believes the future of our city hinges on the creation of a culture of safety for all citizens and is honored to help lead in this area.

Devon is married to his wife Pearlene and has two daughters Taylene and Atira.

Early in the episode Chief Clunis gave his thoughts on having an informed community, "I think it’s important we educate the public, that we have a very informed public. Regarding police practices, procedures and why maybe we can’t tell you. I think when we have a public that is more informed, more engaged; when we have to make those difficult decisions, they will understand."

Later the Chief had this to say about being good to each other, "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."

Here is the link to the information piece Chief Clunis wrote about telling his community why the police can't always tell you everything:

You can follow the Winnipeg Police:




May 15, 2015

Today's point to ponder on The Police Podcast is brought to you by:

This is a pretty hallowed week for law enforcement. May 15th is the Peace Officers Memorial Day which makes the Police Week and Why I wear the badge is an initiative created by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to recognize and celebrate our heroes in blue.

Organizations that help out with Police Week, the Memorial and families:

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), which sponsors the annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
    Phone: (202) 737-3400 | Email:

Fraternal Order of Police / Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary

  • Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA), which organize the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol.

Concerns of Police Survivors

  • Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which holds the National Police Survivors' Conference.
    Phone: (573) 346-4911
    First year survivors, call: (800) 784-2677 | Email:

IACP #WhyIWearTheBadge Initiative


Apr 29, 2015

One of the most talked about events to come out of the Baltimore riots so far has been the mom who saw her son on TV and went down to where he was and smacked him around a little then got him out of the area.

After she was identified and had her opportunity to tell her side of the stroy she was quoted as saying, "That's my only son and at the end of the day I don't want him to be a Freddie Gray,".

When the video was shared around the world, a common caption or opinion was she should be seen as the "Mom of the Year."

Really? Mom of the year?

I think we all got a little notalgic over seeing her smack her kid a little bit but to call her the mom of the year is an incredible insult to every mom out there who wasn't worried about her son being on the from t lines of a riot hurling rocks at police becuase their children didn't put themselves in harms way.

Here's the video from CNN "Baltimore Mom".



Apr 22, 2015

Today's episode is brought to you by...

The Arlington, Texas Police Department has developed a reputation for brining high quality, relevant content to the 4th largest urban setting in America and a big part of the great work being done in the social space is the dynamic duo of Lieutenant Cook and Officer McDonnell.

Zhivonni McDonnell is a subject matter expert in the field of social media for law enforcement and media relations for public safety. As a sworn police officer for the Arlington Police Department, she oversees the department’s social media platforms and citizen engagement efforts. Officer McDonnell has pioneered the way for APD to be considered one of the most successful agencies in the world when it comes to connecting with citizens through social media. While serving as the social media coordinator, the department has been awarded the Most Innovative Use of Social Media for three consecutive years (2012, 2013, & 2014) by the Texas Center for Digital Government. 

Lt. Christopher Cook is an award-winning speaker and recognized leader in media relations and social media management. Lt. Cook has an M.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Texas. He is a 2012 graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College. 

One of my favorite things about APD is their use of video.

Chris and ZhiZhi have committed themselves and the APD to being connected with their community and delivering the best posible program they can. They have always been available to help other agencies develop their programs and become better. Presenting at many conferences and training sessions, the dynamic duo prides themselves n improving others which is a big part of why the Arlington Police will be hosting the IACP Mid-Year Confernece...

After the mid-year IACP confernece they will be presenting at the National Information Officers Association Confernece

To follow the Arlington Police Department:


Apr 21, 2015

Today's Point To Ponder is brought to you by LexisNexis...visit


Yesterday the Philadelphia Police Department released a new recruiting video that was like nothing we have ever seen in the way of a recruiting video before.

Outside of the box is one way to describe it...memorable is another. Unique? No question. Some purists will be up in arms while those that live in the new digital communication age will see it in an entirely different light. To be honest, neither view will be wrong on the surface...some depth will be required. 

You be the judge...

May 4th (AKA May The Fourth Be WIth You) is coming up...challenge issued.

Did you stick around to hear the out-takes of me trying to start today's Point To Ponder?

Apr 10, 2015

Today's podcast is brought to you by:

Ever wonder what some of the legal concerns you should be considering with the use of live streaming platforms such as  Periscope and Meerkat are? Kerry O'Shea Gorgone sure has, and she shares her knowledge with us about those and a while lot more!

A former college professor, Kerry develops training programs forMarketingProfs, and has addressed audiences at industry conferences including the B2B Marketing Forum, the Social Brand ForumVocus Demand Success, and the B2B Marketing Forum, as well as private corporate events.

Kerry frequently speaks on topics relating to marketing and social media law, including intellectual property, disclosure requirements for brands and bloggers, and contest regulations. She offers practical, entertaining tips for avoiding the legal pitfalls that impact marketing and communication professionals.

Previously, she taught New Media Marketing for the Internet Marketing Master of Science Program at Full Sail University in Florida, and taught undergraduate courses in marketing law and business law at Bentley University.


Kerry hosts the weekly Marketing Smarts podcast for MarketingProfs, named one of the top business podcasts on the internet byFastCompany. The show features 30-minute in-depth interviews with smart marketers from all walks of life. Geoffrey James, a contributing editor for Inc., listed Kerry as one of 8 Great Role Models for Wowing a Crowd (along with Steve Jobs, Tony Robbins, and Marsha Collier).

She is a contributing writer for numerous sites, including MarketingProfsHuffington Postthe {grow} blogSocial Media ExplorerEntrepreneurSpinSucks, and

When she was a university professor, Kerry consistently made Social Media Marketing Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter, and was also included on the list of the Top 50 Business School Professors on Twitter.

Kerry is also a movie buff, a Joss Whedon fan, and a chocolate enthusiast.

You can follow Kerry here:

Learn more about Kerry's favorite people by checking them out as well!

Anne Handley:
Marsha Collier:
Mack Collier:
Mark Schaefer:
Marketing Profs:

Apr 7, 2015

One of the questions I am asked most often is, "How do we get the bosses to buy into social media."

In this point to ponder, I tell you the best ways to get the support from the top of the food chain of your organization.

This Point To Ponder is brought to you by:

Apr 6, 2015

The ultimate goal is naturally to gain many followers, subscribers, fans, friends, likes and everything else in terms of vanity metrics but the real key is to be an influencer.

Today on the Point To Ponder I talk about strategies to increase both and give you 5 great tips (and maybe a bonus 6th tip) to be an influncer.


Apr 5, 2015

This episode of The Police Podcast is brought to you by:

Today we catch up with Lieutenant Andy Green of the Lima, Ohio Police Department.

Andy has extensive experience in the world of law enforcement social media having brought Lima PD into the social media sphere along with teaching other law enforcement agencies the ins and outs of the tools.

He can truly be considered one of the early adopters of social media in getting into the use of Facebook in it's early days and then while on a deployment in Afghanistan, he realized the power of the tools for communicating on behalf of law enforcement.

When he returned to US, he set his sights on making a voice for the Lima PD to connect with their community.

You can follow Andy and the Lima PD:


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