We are recent graduates of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. As part of our studies we were fortunate enough to advise the New York City Police Department on social media strategies, creating a comprehensive plan to help the Department better engage with New Yorkers online.
We spent close to a year studying and writing about the relationship between police and social media only to realize that little to no research has been done in this field. While many police departments are active on social media websites, there are no forums discussing best practices or sites with information for departments that want to enhance their social media presence.
Through this blog we hope to share best practices, guidelines and social media tips – all tailor made for police use.
Yael Bar-tur – @Yaelbt
Yael was born and raised on the coast of Israel. At the age of 18 she was drafted to the Israeli Defense Force, where she served as a liaison the foreign press. Yael worked for three years at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles prior to her studies at Harvard. She holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Over the summer of 2011 Yael worked for New York’s Finest (the NYPD), and her passion is to help police departments further engagement with residents through social media. Yael enjoys cooking, sharing her cooking and the occasional funny cat on the internet.
Alejandro Alves – AlvesAA
Alejandro was born in Venezuela, and raised in the Bronx, New York City. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and since then has served 7 years as an Army Officer (5 Active, 2 Guard). Alejandro recently completed the Master in Public Policy degree at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is currently working to develop youth engagement programs with the Cambridge Police Department, and serving as the lead instructor for the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s OCS Program. His biggest and most challenging project, however, is keeping Yael out of trouble and pulling her away from funny cat videos.