Faculty research on police social media use/practices published in international journal

Dr. Mark BondMESA, Arizona – Sept. 17, 2019 -- Mesa Community College administration of justice adjunct faculty Mark Bond, and two former adjunct faculty, Michael L. Beshears and Michelle L. Beshears, are co-authors of Improving Police Social Media Use Practices that appears in the September 2019 issue of International Journal of Social Science Studies, Volume 7, No. 5. The article examines how improved police social media practices may aid in crime solving and serve as a gateway to building stronger community relations.

The idea for the study was generated by the gap in the scholarly literature containing police social media use and the lack of studies on the perceptions and experiences on how the public felt about the usefulness of police social media sites. Bond said this study adds to the missing scholarly literature on police social media use.

The authors pooled information from multiple resources including a Pew Research Center study by Aaron Smith and Monica Anderson on social media use.

Dr. Michelle Breshears“We looked into a number of themes, including crime solving, asynchronous versus synchronous engagement, humanistic branding and more,” Bond said. “It is reasonable to propose that proper police use of social media platforms may create opportunities for the exchange of information between the police and community residents.”

The authors concluded there is a need for future research, including demographics such as age and technology acceptance, plus further investigation of the most effective social media platforms for police to use.

“My hope is that this will provide important insight into how social media can open lines of communication between the community and law enforcement,” Bond said. “My students at MCC benefit from the knowledge acquired in this article. I encourage classroom discussion about the topics brought up in the article.”

The article may be found online at http://redfame.com/journal/index.php/ijsss/article/view/4449.

Dr. Michael BreshearsThe International Journal of Social Science Studies is published by the Redfame Publishing, an academic publisher specializing in peer-reviewed, open access journals for a wide range of subject areas, including economics, business, education, social sciences, humanities, and sciences.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019