Former Boston and New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is launching a new “Facebook” for police officers.
The story which was first reported by Reuters and then confirmed in a tweet from Bratton reveals that the site went live for beta testing in mid-June.
Great Reuters feature story on BlueLine, Bratton Technologies’ secure social network for law enforcement. https://t.co/kXHDjFCWAe
— Bratton Technologies (@brattontech) June 29, 2013
BlueLine is currently being tested by 100 officers in the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments and via the University of Southern California police department.
The network was built to allow “active law enforcement officers and professionals to find each other and share insights, observations and expertise.”
Much like Facebook the police focused social network includes the ability to post messages, share photos and upload videos. Users can also “like” and “share” content from fellow police officers.
The social network also borrows from LinkedIn by allowing police officers to join specialized networks such as SWAT.
The network is fully secured with privacy at its core. The goal is to keep prying eyes out of the lives of police officers. Because of the privacy factor the network requires various verification steps to be completed when creating a new account and once signed up.
BlueLine was built Bratton Technologies and is funded by San Francisco-based G2 Investment Group.
Do you think a “Facebook” for police officers is a good idea?