Chiefs of Police Explore Social Media Opportunities

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QR CodesTHUNDER BAY – The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police will sit down this morning in Windsor to discuss social media and engagement at their annual conference.

President of the CACP, Chief William Blair says, “Our conference theme this year is Strategic Partnerships for Effective Policing: Making the Right Connections for the Right Reasons. Partnered efforts are becoming increasingly more important for the delivery of high quality police services and the development of solutions for policing and public safety and security challenges. If you have been pondering how to optimize working with partners to deliver better outcomes, this conference presents you with a magnificent opportunity to work with colleagues to examine leading practices for building sound social and business cases for partnering, building and enhancing partnerships, building effective governance and accountability structures, and moving beyond working with traditional partners to seek out individuals and organizations who are interested in working with policing to develop new and innovative programming”.

Today’s presentation will update participants on:

  • Internet state in 2011 vs 2010
  • Social media platform growth
  • Police presence on Social media
  • What changed in the last year at VicPD
  • Social media strategy
  • SMILE conference 2012
  • Future

The presenters are Mr. Hervey Simard, Information Technology Supervisor, Victoria Police Department, and social media experts, Deputy Chief Peter Sloly, Toronto Police Service and Sergeant Tim Burrows from the Toronto Police Service which has just adopted a new and innovative Internet/Social Media Strategy.

In Canada, adoption of social media and Internet strategies for Police Services is increasingly important. Next March, in Vancouver at the Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement (SMILE) conference, the issue will be explored in greater depth by CACP members.

“Adoption of social media by law enforcement is at a stage where some agencies have picked it up with varying results, and others are ready but don’t know how to get started. The law enforcement field is ready to add another weapon to its arsenal. The Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement (SMILE) conference will arm you with all the technical hands-on skills and the practical knowledge to enter the social media world with confidence”.