Fighting Crime With Hashtags: Police And Social Media

Fighting Crime With Hashtags: Police And Social Media

Police departments around the country are now adding social media platforms to their array of crime fighting tools. Kojo looks at the evolution of police work in the online world.

Police departments around the country are now adding social media platforms to their array of crime fighting tools. They're using sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest to get help identifying suspects, connect rightful owners with their stolen property and share real-time information about investigations. But this activity on social media has raised some privacy concerns, especially when some officers share photos of arrested suspects before they're even convicted. Kojo looks at the evolution of police work in the online world.

Guests

Alex Howard

Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School; former government correspondent, O'Reilly Media

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard

Executive director, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund

Eugene O'Donnell

Professor, Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Dionne Waugh

Public Affairs Unit, Richmond Police Department

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