How Do Cops Communicate, Learn and Share Ideas on the Internet?

CopsAlive wants to know how you communicate with each other and get information on the Internet.  We’re not talking about Google, Yahoo or other search engines here we are wondering about how police officers use the many social networking tools available on the internet like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Ning, LinkedIn, Hi5, Tagged, Skyrock, Friendster and others.

Wikipedia lists over 138 active social networking sites and says that it’s list “is not exhaustive”.  See that list by CLICKING HERE. would like to invite police officers to take a quick survey to ask you to let us know which social networking sites you prefer.  This will help us learn how to better communicate with you but will also help you and all of our readers learn to better connect with other law enforcement professionals.

CLICK HERE to take our social networking survey.

If you enjoyed taking that survey you might take our quick Personal Threat Assessment Opinion Survey by CLICKING HERE

CopsAlive also has other opinion surveys for cops Please CLICK HERE

We’ll let you know what we find out!

About Editor

John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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  3. This is difficult to perceive, but we seldom communicate outside our peer group and departments. The term “Anything You Say” can and will be used against you (as a cop) rings a loud bell of truth when speaking in public social groups. Before the big technology boom in the cell industry – our guys bonded and stayed together on the citizens band radio channels under aliases while on duty. Now, it’s more geared to texting, email and private (closed circle) IM groups. On a typical shift there is detail chatter you want everybody in on and there is PM for one to one peer comments. I always found it best to conduct my talk openly with everyone on the shift. Many subgroups form and they can get negative with personality issues that just don’t belong in your mind when the “job”, your personal safety and the safety of those you work with are commandments written in stone.

    So my point here is, yes, we suffer from all the same distractions and problems associated with group dynamics as all others do, but I always found comfort in the majority never letting that stand between the “job” and camaraderie.

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