4 out of 5 cops, feds agree: Social media aids crime fight

A recent survey of 1,200 federal, state and local law enforcement professionals revealed that four out of five respondents use various social media tools such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to assist in investigations. Additionally, agencies serving smaller populations and with less than 50 sworn personnel  use social media more, while state agencies tend to use it less (71%) than local (82%) and federal (81%) agencies.Social media use by law enforcement

The LexisNexis research aimed to better understand the current role of social media in law enforcement investigations.  It assessed the law enforcement community's understanding of, proclivity to use, and actual use of social media, and aimed to better understand acceptability thresholds of various types of investigative techniques and current resources and processes being used. According to the survey, 83% of current users anticipate using social media more, while 74% of those not currently using it indicated they intend to start.

The research concluded that despite significant barriers to access and training, law enforcement has embraced social media as a key tool in pre-identifying and investigating criminal activity.

For more information, visit www.LexisNexis.com/investigations.

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