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For your consideration: Departments, Agencies and the Internet

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I will not have an extended topic here. I feel it is more important just to give you the 'facts'.


Agencies and departments from all over are tightening up their internet policies, whether on or off duty.


Make sure you are in compliance.


Thanks.


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Good info.


 


 


At the risk of going off course slightly...an observation (just my opinion):


A total lack of a defined policy could actually be more of a concern. At least when something is spelled out you should know where you stand. It is prudent to err on the side of caution. Take measures to protect yourself regardless.




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TheSarge is correct.  We just finished a new policy on Social Netwroking, and the department is monitoring it closely.


 


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That goes for civilians like myself who are seeking employment in a le field they can and will search your info on places like facebook looking for anything you post that may be undesirable.

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At the risk of pointing out the obvious, PoliceLink is also a social networking site.


It's a safe bet this message was directed at the community with this as a given.


 




Bessie Braddock: “Sir, you are drunk.”
Churchill: “Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.”

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I realize this topic has been a hot button of discussion throughout many a thread before.


I offer only a few words of advice;


With the technology world rapidly becoming (in reality already has) so mainstream regarding its use one has to remember the idea of anonymity and "just fooling around" on the internet is a thing of the past.


Many department's have become proactive in their ideas regarding the use of social network sites to make rules regarding their use and include it in their canons of police ethics class.


Most new hires in todays job markets (especially backgrounds for PD's and any public safety entity) include questions regarding the use of social network sites up to and including their profile names and passwords so as to openly revue their conduct on such sites. Accessing these types of sites from a departmental computer (I know, I know, none of would EVER do such a thing, right?) causes much more attention now than it did, say 5 or 10 years ago and I'm seeing a lot of discipline being handed out over it.


ANYTHING you put into print on the internet can be found, it doesn't matter how it was posted, what it's original intention was or who did it. It could quite easily come back to bite you in your heiny. The old days of the "fantasy" personality on the internet are gone, treat every thing you post as though you were writing a memo to one of your admins..... Think here as though it were real life.


Recently, a young officer was called into the Commander's office because of photos he posted on his Facebook page while on a trip to Washington DC and the Police Officer's Memorial Page. He'd actually done nothing that hadn't been done before, many times. But; because he'd posted it to his private facebook account, someone got their hands on it and it became a public image problem.


Think before you type, don't say or type anything that you wouldn't want everyone to know.


Just my two cents.....I'm retired and don't have to worry about someone getting their undies in a bind, but I don't want anyone getting into trouble over something that's easily avoided.


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Mike's response should be a sticky, seriously.




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