Social Media 101 – What Law Enforcement Needs to Know

In recent years, the way the world communicates online has transformed completely. People everywhere are using social media to share ideas, opinions, photos and status updates with their friends and the public. Hundreds of social media platforms allow people to connect with each other in many different ways. It is imperative that law enforcement agencies stay up to date on this rapidly changing environment. Not only is social media a valuable source of information for law enforcement, it can also be an effective way for agencies to reach out to their communities.

Topics covered in this interactive online course include:

  • What is social media and how does it work?
  • Common uses of social media networks, blogs and forums
  • Social media as a tool for law enforcement
  • Developing a social media policy for your agency
  • Additional resources

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  Length Class Part/Link Status
10 minPre-test

In this module the course pre-test will be completed.

35 minSocial Media 101

This module will provide students with basic information about the use of social media for investigations, public awareness, tips and leads.

10 minPost-test

In this module the course post test will be completed. Upon successful completion of the post test, a certificate of completion will be awarded.

5 minEvaluation

Student feedback is an important part of the training cycle. Please complete the following evaluation to assist us in determining the effectiveness of our training and to obtain 100% completion for this course.

 Print Certificate of Completion
   You must Pass the post test and be logged in to print the certificate.

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