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Directory of Police Department Social Media Policies

Reporting suggests police department social media monitoring is widespread. The Brennan Center is building a database of these policies as a public resource.

Last Updated: May 25, 2022
Published: September 8, 2021

While anec­dotal reports and some surveys suggest that the use of social media by local law enforce­ment is wide­spread, few details are known about how most police and sher­iffs’ depart­ments use social media for crim­inal invest­ig­a­tions, public safety, and other types of inform­a­tion collec­tion.

Through online research, the Bren­nan Center iden­ti­fied 35 publicly avail­able policies govern­ing these tools. This analysis indic­ates that even where a police or sher­iff’s depart­ment has a policy in place, it rarely offers prac­tical guid­ance to officers or notice to the public regard­ing how their social media data might be collec­ted or monitored. The policies are linked below and broken down into the follow­ing categor­ies:

  • contem­plated uses for social media and require­ments, if any, for use in invest­ig­a­tions
  • author­iz­a­tion required for, and prohib­i­tions on, use of social media
  • rules govern­ing situ­ational aware­ness and other non-invest­ig­at­ive purposes
  • limits on covert and under­cover activ­it­ies
  • language address­ing consti­tu­tional rights
  • restric­tions on officers’ use of personal devices and accounts.

Police Department Social Media Policies

Please send any policies not included here to: gutierrezj@brennan.law.nyu.edu

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    Alabama

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    Alaska

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    Arizona

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    Arkansas

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    California

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    Colorado

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    Connecticut

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    Delaware

  • District of Columbia

    District of Columbia

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    Florida

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    Georgia

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    Hawaii

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    Idaho

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    Illinois

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    Indiana

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    Iowa

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    Kansas

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    Kentucky

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    Louisiana

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    Maine

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    Maryland

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    Massachusetts

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    Michigan

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    Minnesota

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    Mississippi

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    Missouri

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    Montana

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    Nebraska

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    Nevada

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    New Hampshire

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    New Jersey

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    New Mexico

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    New York

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    North Carolina

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    North Dakota

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    Ohio

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    Oklahoma

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    Oregon

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    Pennsylvania

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    Rhode Island

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    South Carolina

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    South Dakota

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    Tennessee

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    Texas

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    Utah

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    Vermont

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    Virginia

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    Washington

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    West Virginia

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    Wisconsin

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    Wyoming