Blogging (like the one you are reading now!).
All of these are social media platforms for people to interact with other people and companies. According to Merriam-Webster, social media is described as “forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages and other content.”
And in case the title and first few sentences of this post didn’t give it away, yesterday was my first day as the Vancouver Police Department‘s newest Social Media Officer within the Community & Public Affairs Section.
The position has been filled by Cst. Anne Longley since 2010, and she has been instrumental in bringing the VPD into the 21st century in terms of Facebook and Twitter. Cst. Longley’s foresight, ability and passion for social media make the VPD one of the front-runners in the policing, and law enforcement agencies from all over the world network with her to share advice and tips.
However, Cst. Longley will eventually transition to another section and the VPD realizes how important her position is. I applied for and was interviewed for the job, and was advised late last week that I had been successful.
Now, for the next few weeks, I’ll be shadowing Cst. Longley as she passes on her social media playbook – I only hope I’m up to the task! What remains clear, though, is the impact social media has on police/community relations, and it’s something I take very seriously.
Talk about a different career direction, eh?
From being in operational policing for 18 years, driving a K9 SUV and tracking bad guys with my police dog to steering an electronic device.