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3 Model Policies for Social Networking Support



Investigations, official use and officers' off-duty use are the three dimensions of law enforcement social networking. These free-for-download model policies guide law enforcement officers and their administrators in making agency-specific policies that benefit everyone: agency, officers and community.

Please note: the copyright on these policies was intended for commercial use protection only. State and local government agencies are free to use them as they wish.

We would, however, welcome your feedback! If you find these policies useful, please let us know. Also please tell us if you post them any place on your website -- that way, we can show other agencies how the concept is being implemented.

Model Policy for Law Enforcement Investigative Use of Social Networking

Investigations using Social Networking are specialized investigative operations requiring an understanding of the new technology and its impact on the community. These investigations can be very effective in determining criminal activities of individuals or groups both online and in our community. At times, social networking investigations may provide the only technique available to identify principals and co-conspirators involved in criminal activity. Social Networking investigations may be conducted against any type of crime including: organized crime, narcotics, burglars, vice suspects, stalking, child predators and other individuals or groups who commit criminal acts.

Model Policy for a Law Enforcement Agency's Official Use of Social Networking

This policy is intended to guide Employees who will use Social Media and Social Media venues to engage with customers on behalf of the agency when it relates to their employment or representations of employment though the numerous social networking venues.

Model Policy for Law Enforcement Off-Duty Employee Use of Social Networking

This policy is intended to guide employees conduct when it relates to their employment or representations of employment though the numerous social networking venues.

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