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    Social Media and Tactical Considerations for Law Enforcement
    This report is part of a COPS Office series titled "Emerging Issues in Policing," which is a very appropriate heading for a discussion of social media. The COPS Office and the Police Executive Research Forum are pleased to offer this report on the use of social media in policing.    
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    The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery
    This disaster recovery guide was created through lessons learned from the Joplin Tornado (2011), the Branson Tornado (2012) and the Missouri Flood.
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    Missing Persons Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Guidebook
    The Problem-Specific Guides summarize knowledge about how police can reduce the harm caused by specific crime and disorder problems. This guide begins by describing the problem of missing persons and reviewing factors that increase its risks. It then identifies a series of questions to help you analyze your local missing-persons problem.
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    Investigative Checklist for Law Enforcement When Responding to Missing Children With Special Needs
    This checklist, provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, is meant to enhance the response measures taken by law enforcement to safely recover missing children with special needs and is to be used in conjunction with the Missing Children With Special Needs addendum and Missing Children With Special Needs Lost-Person Questionnaire.
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    Planning and Managing Security for Major Special Events: Guidelines for Law Enforcement
    This guidelines report provides a framework to assist local law enforcement in planning and managing security for events that attract large numbers of people. The focus is on national and regional events, which often include a variety of VIPs and may be targets for terrorists, other criminals, and protestors. The variety of approaches discussed can be tailored to large or small local special events.
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    Predictive Policing: The Role of Crime Forecasting in Law Enforcement Agencies
    This white paper provides an overview of what predictive policing in law enforcement is and how it is currently being used by executives and analysts to forecast crime, calls for service and other activity within communities.
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    Law Enforcement Guidelines for Twitter

    Twitter’s law enforcement guidance and policies for law enforcement investigators who are requesting profile and activity data for an investigation.

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    Law Enforcement Guidelines for Facebook
    Facebook gives law enforcement investigators guidelines and processes for requesting user profile information and for subpoenas.
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    Law Enforcement Guidelines for Pinterest

    Pinterest provides law enforcement investigators with guidance on requesting potential evidence related to a profile or a photograph. It also provides information for account holders on what can be released to law enforcement and the terms of use under the Privacy Policy.

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    Social Media and Police Leadership: Lessons from Boston
    This is one in a series of papers that was published as a result of the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety. This paper discusses how the Boston Police Department (BPD) put its social media experience and community policy philosophy to good and highly visible use in April 2013 during and after the Boston Marathon Bombing.