Hey, police need their own social network, right?
Okay, so that might not have occurred to anyone ever, except for former NYC police commissioner and Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton.
He’s about to launch a social network exclusively for cops called BlueLine, a central social hub where they can “share their expertise, insight and information securely through video, instant messaging, videoconferencing and screen share capabilities.”
Sounds strange, but Bratton is well-regarded as an international expert on reducing crime, combating gang violence and improving police-community relations, reports the AP. So if he says “this is needed,” then this is probably needed.
“This is a big void that needed to be filled,” Bratton said. “Our intent is to have officers locate their counterparts and closely interact with each other.”
Of course, we don’t know exactly how it will work, and likely never will. The join BlueLine, which Bratton Technologies calls a “walled community,” you need to be authenticated and verified. Basically, you have to be a cop.
But early reports have held that BlueLine is sort of LinkedIn-meets-Facebook. For cops, of course. You can check it out here.
BlueLine will go live in October at the International Association of Police Chiefs’ annual conference in Philadelphia.