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Community policing brings police closer to the people, building relationships between police and community and among community members themselves.

Imagine that your local police chief asked you for your input regarding his Police Department’s use of social media to aid in community relations?   What insight would you share with the chief about using social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to help with dealing with community-police relations?  Would you recommend that his Police Department create a Facebook page and/or a Twitter account?  What are some advantages to having a presence in social media?  What are some disadvantages to having this type of presence?   Can community relationships be strengthened by online presence in Facebook and Twitter?

Your response should be at least 2-3 paragraphs and describe in detail what you would share with the Chief regarding social media and community relations with his Department.