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The Dunwoody Police Department is drawing more and more attention and praise for its use of social media, including its recent adoption of the Interactive Defense System.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police is spotlighting Dunwoody on a section of the IACP website dedicated to social media. The DeKalb Champion newspaper also highlighted Dunwoody’s use of social media this week.

As detailed by the IACP and the Champion, Dunwoody PD began using Twitter in early 2009, when it was rare for law-enforcement agencies to do so. Even by September 2010, only about 24 percent of departments were using Twitter, according my quick calculations using numbers from an IACP survey. DPD also appears to have been ahead of the curve in using Facebook (used by 54 percent of departments surveyed in September 2010) and YouTube (14 percent).

Dunwoody adopted Interactive Defense a few weeks after the platform’s launch this summer. Within just a couple of months, officers credited IDS with helping  to bring in two suspected criminals.  The IACP found that social media had helped solve crimes in about 45 percent of the jurisdictions it surveyed. We expect that number to be higher in next year’s survey as more law enforcement agencies begin using Interactive Defense.

On that note, we at F3 Technologies and Interactive Defense, LLC, would like to wish you all a happy and safe new year. We also wish you a crime-free 2011 look forward to helping you and your city in that regard!

Momentum for IDS

Posted: December 23, 2010 by chrisbagley in F3 Technologies, Interactive Defense, Uncategorized
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Clarkston Police Department’s move to begin using the Interactive Defense System, which we announced earlier this week, was important for IDS because it represents momentum for the platform; now we’re even more optimistic that more cities will sign on in the next few months.

That’s because the platform grows ever more powerful with each new police department that signs on. Member police departments can share warnings, “wanted” notices and other public safety notices not just with their own citizens, but also with citizens in other cities that are using IDS. In other words, the pool of information grows with each new city that signs on, and that’s particularly important for cities like Dunwoody and Clarkston, two northeast Atlanta suburbs that are only about 12 miles apart from one another.

This morning’s press release on Interactive Defense’s role in helping Dunwoody police bring in two criminal suspects has been getting some good attention. Lt. Raymond Foster posted it on his law-enforcement blog and then tweeted it to his 2,900 followers, the bulk of whom are in law enforcement and supporting industries.

And this afternoon, Atlanta Journal Constitution cops-and-courts reporter Andria Simmons posted a brief story about the two suspects. It showed up in the AJC’s feed of top breaking news.

A big thank-you to Lt. Foster and Andria Simmons, and to Dunwoody police officers for their expanding fight against crime!