Roundtable: Public Safety and Crimefighting in the Age of Twitter

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Nearly 1,300 U.S. police agencies now use Facebook, and more than 600 are on Twitter.

Increasingly, the ability to reach the public directly—rather than through the media’s prism—has empowered police. At times, it has nettled journalists. How have social media networking tools changed policing? And are they worsening or improving the relationship between law enforcement and the media?

To explore these questions, more than 40 New Jersey police chiefs, senior law enforcement managers, PIOs and journalists gathered for a unique roundtable at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on May 18, 2011.

Panelists at the half-day event included: Capt. Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; Nancy Kolb of the International Association of Chiefs of Police; Capt. Jeff Paul of the Morris County Prosecutors Office; and Steve Johnson, New Jersey Regional Editor of

The roundtable was co-sponsored by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), and American Police Beat Magazine.

For the roundtable agenda and resources prepared for the conference , please see below.

Access the full agenda here.

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Resources from the Conference

Armed With Social Media Tools, Police and Reporters Grapple Over Control of ‘Message’

A background paper on the use of social media, prepared by David J. Krajicek of Criminal Justice Journalists Download file

“A Tool Kit for Police Managers: Working In Today’s Online Media Environment”

by Joe Domanick, Prepared for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services by the Center on Media,Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Download file

Sample Twitter Feed: Toronto Police Sergeant Tim Burrows!/trafficservices

Sample Facebook Page: Philadelphia Police

Sample Twitter Feed: Milwaukee!/milwaukeepolice

The “ABCs” of New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act

A Tip Sheet for Informational Purposes Only Prepared by North Jersey Media Group Inc.’s Legal Department Download file

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