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If Dick Wolf is looking for his next police procedural drama series, I have a suggestion for him – Law and Order – Social Media Unit.  A dedicated team of detectives who use Facebook and Twitter to hunt down their prey.  These are their stories.  Clunk-clunk. Yes, I can see it becoming the next big hit.  Royalty checks care of MakeUseOf.com please.

But all kidding aside, social media is being increasingly used by law enforcement agencies to hunt down criminals, gather evidence, assess tips, and build cases. Look at it this way – how many idiots have committed a crime then gone on YouTube to brag about it?  How many smartphone owners have filmed crimes in progress or photographed them, then uploaded it to the Internet?  It seems that these days, when someone has evidence of a crime, their first port of call isn’t to dial the emergency services, but to go online and find their five minutes of fame.

But law enforcement also uses social media for good, by recruiting officers and staff, and providing community outreach.  So it isn’t all bam, bam, you’re under arrest.  It’s also the feel good factor

Does your local police department use social media?  If so, in your opinion, do they use it properly or do they totally mess it up?  What could they do to improve their social media efforts?  Or do you think that the police should stay off social media and resort to old-fashioned crime fighting methods?  Let us know in the comments while I get the Batman costume on and fire up the Batmobile.

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  1. druv vb
    October 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Shelock Holmes using facebook and youtube to locate criminals...
    Nice...

  2. gpvprasad
    October 22, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Now your favorite tv show gives most ideas on how to

  3. Anonymous
    October 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I think a lot of law and order fans would give a chance and watch it.

  4. Dominic Chang
    October 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    There is formal training to use social media???

    • Ahmed Khalil
      October 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      what do you mean?

    • Daniel Escasa
      October 23, 2012 at 6:55 am

      If I understand the article right, the formal training is in the use of social media for solving crime.

  5. Boni Oloff
    October 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Same idea with social hacking, use social interaction as information to the next clue.

  6. Saeef Alam
    October 21, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Holy TV show premise, Batman. (Although it'd probably be pretty hard to actually pull off with copyrights and all.)

  7. Erick Reyes
    October 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    You got me with this, law & order is one of my favorite tv series, I'd like to watch something like this.

    • Shmuel Mendelsohn
      October 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      I think that you may have missed the point!

    • Elena Sicconi
      October 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

      True... but I agree with him! They did upgrade from calling social media "MyFace" to their actual names... a spin-off could be in the works.

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