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Police Officers To Get Their Very Own Social Network

Billed by some as "Facebook for cops," BlueLine will allow officers to share and collaborate in a much more secure environment.

What’s the Latest Development?


Starting in October, police officers and other accredited law enforcement personnel will have a social network made especially for them: BlueLine will bring people together from all over the world to share information and provide ideas on everything related to crime and crime-solving. It includes some of the same elements found on Facebook, such as the ability to “like” and “share,” and it also offers videoconferencing and an app store for third-party developers. The current beta test involves 100 officers from the Los Angeles area, and more departments are expected to join in the test this summer.

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What’s the Big Idea?

BlueLine is the brainchild of Bill Bratton, who, as former commissioner for three of the US’ largest police forces — Boston, New York, and Los Angeles — saw a real need for a specialized and secure social network particularly for younger officers, who tend to overshare on more public sites. It represents a growing high-tech information sharing trend “that proponents say is producing a force-multiplying effect on crime-fighting in an era of dwindling police budgets and manpower. The collaboration enables better communication between different jurisdictions and helps police identify patterns of criminality.”

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