Law Enforcement & the Online Environment

Presentation 7.1 Social Media: The New “Face” of Law Enforcement outlines the various strategies that departments and agencies can use to effectively leverage the online environment, including websites and various social media platforms. Similarly, Presentation 7.2 How cops can maintain professionalism on social media provides advice and resources for individual law enforcement and public safety professionals regarding their use of social media.

With these two presentations in mind, choose a situation or scenario from the real world of law enforcement and public safety to serve as a Law Enforcement & the Online Environment case study for this assignment.

Your case study should either:

  1. be a powerful example of how effective use of the online environment helped to achieve a positive goal for the individual(s) or agency or
  2. be a powerful example of how ineffective use of the online environment contributed to a negative outcome for the individual(s) or agency

You have two options for the case study:

  1. Choose a situation or scenario from your professional life in law enforcement and public safety. Make sure the scenario is meaningful and compelling as an online environment case study and also ethically appropriate to share with your professor.
  2. Choose a high-profile situation or scenario from law enforcement and public safety that received considerable attention from the media, the public and law enforcement and public safety entities. Make sure the scenario is meaningful and compelling as an online environment case study.

This assignment will be 3 pages maximum, double-spaced, using standard fonts and margins. With so many types of agencies and professions represented in this program, there is no one structural model for the assignment format. Rather, choose the format (traditional academic essay, formal report, memo etc.) that is the best fit for your current profession. Your work will be graded on organization, content, evidence and argumentation regardless of format.

  1. Summarize the professional scenario in a meaningful and succinct way (1 page maximum)
  2. Apply the pertinent guidelines from presentations 7.1 and 7.2 to your case study. Reflect on how the various law enforcement and public safety professionals involved in the scenario did or did not successfully employ the guidelines for effective use of websites and social media and how these choices played a role in the outcome of the situation. What can law enforcement and public safety leaders learn from this communications case study?

 

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