Social Media & Homicides: Boston’s CraigsList Killer Cops “Get Human”

Social media platforms allow homicide investigators to humanize their public appeals for information, as well as share with the world their experiences to prevent crimes. Combining social media communications and investigations will be a challenge for our future. Boston Police Homicide Unit investigators, Sergeant Detective Daniel Duff and Lieutenant Detective Robert Merner are telling their story of the CraigsList Killer case to help prevent and solve crime worldwide. The modern homicide detective needs social media tools for communications and investigations and, after hearing Daniel Duff and Robert Merner speak about the CraigsList Killer case in detail on two occasions, I am convinced that their story could very well educate a potential victim on how predators like Philip Markoff work, and could prevent women from being victimized in the future. Colonel Henry Francis Williams Junior, aka "Hank Williams" would be proud if he were still alive. I doubt Colonel Williams envisioned homicide cops being so open and transparent when he was sworn in as a New York State Trooper on April 16, 1951. Watch live streaming video from lawscomm at On September 21, 2011 I had the pleasure of meeting the lead investigators of the Craigs [...]

A Case Study: Social Media Key To Crime Stoppers Programs’ Success & Community Safety

    Crime Stoppers International Used LiveStream, Youtube, Facebook & Twitter In Search For Missing Girl & Alleged Fugitive Mom                               In today's reality, social media tools and platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Foursquare, Webdoc, QR Codes and Google Plus are important two way communication tools that improves the reach of the Crime Stoppers mission of helping to stop, solve and prevent crimes together. It is important to have access to all the social media platforms that your program is using to reach your communities on your websites in the form of the service provider icons like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn and Google Plus hyperlinked to your accounts.   Many Crime Stoppers programs in Canada and throughout the world have adapted a social media presence that has resulted in some notable success stories. There are still many programs struggling to establish their social media, and a number who simply don't know how to do it. At the Crime Stoppers International Training Conference in Jamaica in 2011, an online guide for social media set up was provided.   This guide is available [...]

Legal Issues: Social Media And Education / Relationships And Technology For Success And Safety

Social Media And The Law In Canada by Lawyer Eric Roher View more presentations from Scott Mills. On Friday November 25, 2011 Education and Internet Lawyer Eric Roher spoke to an audience of 60 education professionals in Toronto, Ontario Canada about legal issues surrounding social media and students. Toronto Police Corporate Communications Social Media Officer Constable Scott Mills attended the presentation, along with Earl Haig Secondary School Safety Monitor Dave Bradley, community member Paisley Rae, and Toronto Police Service Media Coordinator Kevin Masterman, at the invitation of Dave Fraser, the Canadian Safe Schools Network Events Manager. Arrangements were made to live stream the presentation of Eric Roher for the purpose of sharing with others not in the room the relevant and up to date information about the state of the law in Canada relating to social media and education. A few photos were taken and are included here. There are many more references to policy development and solutions for social media challenges throughout the blog that is operated by Scott Mills. We hope that the information presented here is useful to others for social media strategy going forward. The video was streamed on the Social [...]

Education Summit: Gangs, Prisons, Social Media And Crime Stoppers

Toronto Police Service 13 Division officers hosted their 2nd annual Education Summit at the Oakwood Library for educators, community members, fellow police officers, and anyone interested in the success and safety of our community, in particular our youth. The event was organized by Sergeant Jimmy Browne, Staff Sergeant Michael Matic and an entire team of dedicated police officers working collaboratively with community partners. The day started with opening remarks from Staff Inspector Mary Lee Metcalfe, and featured a special greeting from Member of Provincial Parliament Mike Colle. The topics discussed were as follows: 1. Detective Lynda Hilborn 13 Division Family Violence Unit "How Youth Bureau Officers And School Administrators Can Work In Partnership In Relation To School Investigations" 2. Constable Martin Douglas Toronto Crime Stoppers Community Youth Officer "The Role Of Crime Stoppers Within School Administrations" 3. Constable Scott Mills Toronto Police Service Corporate Communications "Relationships, Technology and Social Media For Success And Safety" 4. Joel Gardner Toronto East Detention Centre "What It Is Like To Spend A Day Incarcerated" 5. John Ilika Field Intelligence Officer Ontario Corrections "Project G.R.A.N.T. Gang Reduction After Neighbourhood Traning" The day finished with closing remarks from Staff Sergeant Michael Matic. [...]

Social Media For Success And Safety | Strategy Institute | Scott Mills | 2011

Thank you to Terrence Sooley for believing in relationships and technology for community safety. Presentation on Relationships and Technology - Using Social Media For Student Success And Safety by Scott Mills October 6, 2011 at Strategy Institute 8th Annual Summit On Emergency And Disaster Planning For Colleges, Universities and K-12 Schools Introduction by David Black @DB7 of University of Toronto: Watch live streaming video from graffitibmxcop at Collaborators on this topic are: Dave Bradley, School Safety Monitor Earl Haig Secondary School, Toronto, Canada and Eric Jacksch of Ottawa, Ontario See video from 2009 Summit here: What do the lawyers say about this? Watch video of Strategy Institute Speaker Eric Roher LLB here: Presentation Slides of Scott Mills "Internet Violence Prevention" Policy 2007 Ontario School Resource Officer Training Manual "Using Internet As Crime Prevention Tool" What is the Strategy Institute 8th Annual Summit On Emergency And Disaster Planning For Colleges, Universities and K-12 Schools ?? Check link: You owe it to yourself – and your students – to be well versed in all aspects of security and emergency response protocols and procedures. Canada's ONLY emergency management conference for ALL schools will provide you with the resources to [...]

CBC Radio: Toronto Police Service @TorontoPolice Social Media Initiative Launch #TPSsmLaunch – @CBCHereAndNow Host @RobinBrownCBC Interviews Cop @GraffitiBMXCop

Click on link here to listen to mp3 file of CBC Radio interview: (if you can't play on your computer, send an e-mail to to receive the file in another format) CBC Radio with Constable Scott Mills This radio interview was conducted on July 27, 2011 at the CBC Building on Front Street in Toronto with Constable Scott Mills, Toronto Police Social Media Officer and radio talk show host on CBC Here And Now Robin Brown. Constable Tony Vella, Toronto Police Service Media Relations Officer was also present. Special thanks to Robin and her team at CBC Radio for sending along this MP3 clip, and to Robert Cairns ( ) for the assistance with Word Press to get the interview posted to be shared with people to engage the message. You can follow the Toronto Police Service officially in social media here: There is a Webdoc that is a place to share any stories or comments you have about the use of Toronto Police Service social media. The link is or you can click on the Webdoc Application button on the top left corner of the official Toronto Police Service Facebook page. [...]

Social Media Crime Stoppers International Training At Toronto Police Fugitives Conference 2011

Thank you to Paisley Rae , a concerned and caring community member for making this appeal possible today. Inquiries can be directed to Scott Mills Cell 647-449-2801 | E-Mail: - Media inquiries are welcome - Add on LinkedIN or check out for full presentation June 8, 2011 by Scott Mills, Social Media Adviser to IT Committee of Crime Stoppers International in conjunction with Michael Gordon-Gibson, President of Crime Stoppers International at the 2011 Toronto Police Service Fugitive Investigators Conference in Toronto, ON Canada As part of the presentation an appeal to find a missing 7yr old girl - the following 3 videos were released to the public through the Toronto Police Service Corporate Communications office as part of the presentation: Training Video For Law Enforcement Officials On Using Social Media To Track Wanted Fugitives and Missing Persons Appeal video by community member Paisley Rae to help find a missing | abducted 7yr old girl named Pearl Rose Gavaghan Appeal Video By Child Care Workers in UK of 7yr old Missing Girl Pearl Rose Gavaghan MEDIA RELEASE The Toronto Police Service International Fugitive Investigators Conference welcomes 250 delegates from 16 countries to Toronto, Social media [...]

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