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The City of Chicago Declared War on Cop Bloggers

The City of Chicago Declared War on Cop Bloggers

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 I. PURPOSEThis directive establishes guidelines and responsibilities of Department membersusing social media outlets.II. SCOPEFor the purposes of this directive, the term "social media outlets" means anyelectronic communication (such as personal Web sites and outlets for socialnetworking and microblogging) through which participants utilize onlinecommunities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other contentthrough an electronic format. These formats include, but are not limited to, text,video, photographs, audio, digital documents, etc.This directive addresses the full breadth and scope of social media rather thanany one particular format. The Department recognizes that as technologyadvances, new methods for social media participation will emerge.III. POLICYSocial media outlets, when used in a proper manner, can reinforce theDepartment's relationship with the public, build community support, and assist insolving crime. Department members have a constitutional right to express their views under the First Amendment. However, Department members may besubject to discipline for violating the provisions of this directive. Any social mediaparticipation made pursuant to a Department member's official duties is notconsidered protected speech under the First Amendment.IV. DEPARTMENT SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS A. Procedures1. All Department social media outlets shall be approved by theSuperintendent or his or her designee and shall be administered by Public SafetyInformation Technology (PSIT).2. The use of Department computers by Department members to access anysocial media outlets is prohibited absent prior supervisory approval.3. Social media content shall adhere to applicable laws, the Rules andRegulations of the Chicago Police Department, and any relevant Departmentpolicies, including all information technology and records management policies.a. Department records retention schedules shall apply to social mediacontent.b. Content is subject to Local Records Act (50 ILCS 205/1).c. Content must be managed, stored, and retrievable in compliance with theIllinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1) and any relevant Departmentdirectives.

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