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How to effectively communicate to the public after an Officer Involved Shooting

Introduction For decades, the only way for police to communicate with the public after an officer-involved shooting was through press conferences and news conferences. This is no longer the case. Now, departments are taking advantage of social media as well as video evidence when available in order to share information with the public right away, […]

How to respond to a crisis after a viral video

There are a few things to keep in mind when responding to a crisis of a viral video. First, it is important to remember that the internet is a global community and that your response will be seen by people from all walks of life. Second, it is important to be respectful and professional in […]

How do you know when a Public Relations Crisis is over? 

How do you know when a Public Relations Crisis is over? It can be hard for the public relations professional to know when a crisis is over. There are often competing interests, multiple stakeholders and several parties that need to be satisfied in order for the issue at hand to come to a close. That […]

Understanding 1st Amendment Auditors

Be prepared for 1st amendment auditors. Introduction The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right to free speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of association. It also prohibits any law that abridges the freedoms of speech or press. As a result, the public has been able to film police officers in public […]

Law Enforcement Officers Should Embrace Citizen Cameras

Introduction The proliferation of cell phone cameras has made it easier than ever for citizens to record controversial interactions between officers and civilians. But rather than see citizen recordings as a threat or an inconvenience, police departments should embrace them as a tool for accountability and an opportunity for transparency. Police accountability is an issue […]