March 12, 2013 By News Staff
According to a study in late 2012, police are no longer skeptics of social media, as evidenced by the various departments that have implemented social media tools to help them fight crime.
In Philadelphia, for instance, the Police Department has used Pinterest to help catch criminals; the Seattle Police Department has instituted a Tweets-by-Beat service on Twitter; and in Cambridge, Mass., local law enforcement implemented a similar service in which auto-tweets mimic the police scanner to inform residents of police happenings.
And the following infographic, courtesy of BackgroundCheck.org, gives even more insight into how law enforcement uses Facebook, Twitter and YouTube -- the most used social networks -- and what percentage of agencies at the state, local and federal levels use the tool.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.