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Police Chief, Volume 78, Issue 7, July 2011

NCJ Number
Police Chief Volume: 78 Issue: 7 Dated: July 2011 Pages: 1-86
Charles E. Higginbotham
Date Published
July 2011
86 pages
Six feature articles address issues in highway traffic safety; and three address issues pertinent to Internet safety for police officers.
"Data-Driven Practices Maximize Resources amid Shrinking Budgets" advises that the maintenance of traffic safety activities under shrinking budgets requires data-driven practices in deploying resources for traffic-related activities. "Traffic Incident Management: Protecting Officers, Saving Lives, and Ensuring the Surface Transportation System's Efficiency" focuses on traffic incident management (TIM) related to congestion, risk management, TIM organizations and strategies, a strategy for clearing minor traffic incidents quickly and resources and training. "Serious about Seat Belts" discusses the importance of police managers ensuring that police officers wear seat belts during patrol. "The Changing Face of Vehicle Theft" describes the many methods currently being used to steal newer cars, auto theft as a worldwide problem, and the importance of maintaining police units trained in dealing with local auto theft. "Preventing Traffic-Related Line-of-Duty Deaths" reviews national data on law enforcement traffic-related, line-of-duty deaths and recommends ways to prevent such deaths. "Keeping Our Roadways Safe With Speed-Measuring Devices: The Importance of Maintaining Confidence in Their Accuracy" focuses on maintaining minimum performance specifications for speed-measuring devices. "Engaging the Public and Protecting Agencies and Personnel on Facebook and Beyond" explains how law enforcement agencies can use social media for communication, crime prevention services, and investigations while setting parameters for the publication of information pursuant to law. "Using Technology to Take Community Policing to the Next Level" describes how one agency uses Internet social media to market itself to the community and to allow for open, two-way communication with members of the community. "Protecting Officers Online, Off Duty: How Police Chiefs Can Safeguard Officers with Policy Guidance on Social Networking" explains why and how law enforcement agencies should develop a policy designed to educate and guide employees' use, both personal and professional, of social networking.