Social Network for Law Enforcement to Launch

    In this screen grab provided by BlueLine shows the BlueLine webpage. Bill Bratton, the former head of the New York and Los Angeles police departments, is in the final stages of launching BlueLine, a social media network exclusively for the men and women in blue, a la Facebook, with "likes" and sharing. The goal of the network is for law enforcement agencies to safely share information on cases as well as the latest trends in crime and fighting it. The network is currently being tested by Los Angeles-area agencies and is scheduled nationwide this fall. (AP Photo/BlueLine)


    If all goes according to plan, law-enforcement officials will have another social-media network by mid-October. BlueLine, created by Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton, will allow officers to share advice and information securely through video and instant messaging. Bratton said he hopes the service will allow federal, state, and local agencies to work together more closely to combat crime. The system, which is currently being tested by 100 officers in California and has been compared to LinkedIn, will also allow users to create databases and even have PowerPoint briefings.


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