September 3, 2014 11:19 pm -

New York precinct captains are getting mandatory training on how to use social media.


The course is designed to prevent embarrassments like a tweet sent by Capt. Thomas Harnisch of Harlem last month in which he made light of the death of a woman who fell onto the subway tracks at Union Square while using an iPad.

“Let me guess, driver’s fault right?” he wrote over his personal account in a tweet directed at a safe-streets advocacy group.
Blasted by a group member, he wrote on the official precinct account: “Isn’t that exactly what you do? Seize on a tragedy and assign culpability having no facts?”

He later apologized.

The NYPD suffered its biggest Twitter fail in April, when it began a p.r. campaign urging the public to post photos of the city cops with the hashtag “#myNYPD.”

Users instead posted images of police brutality.

Zachary Tumin, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for strategic initiatives, said social media can be a tool for cops.
“It’s an opportunity for commanding officers . . . to share news while engaging with the people whom she or he serves,” he said.[su_sky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

One response to New York Cops Forced To Attend Twitter School

  1. tiredoftea September 3rd, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Just another outlet to squelch for the NYPD.