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Workshop: Law Enforcement & Digital Engagement, Building Digital Trust with our Communities

Updated: Dec 7, 2022


SCF workshop participants include:  Sarah Frederickx: Head of Communication / Policy Advisor to the Chief of Police Brussels South Superintendent Timothy De Vos: Deputy Chief of Police, Belgian Local Police Schoten Captain Musabbeh Alsaedi, Police Attache to Europe, United Arab Emirates Lea Bärenson, Head of West Harju Police Station, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board Mindaugas Stravinskas, Deputy Director of the Financial Crime Investigation Service under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuani Superintendent Priscilla Caruana Lee, Malta Police Eitan Charnoff, Emergency Services Consultant and Event Moderator

Date

November 29th, 2022

Location: Police Zone Midi, Belgian Local Police, Brussels


Overview

This workshop and webinar, co-hosted by the Secure Communities Forum and the Belgian Local Police, was initiated to empower law enforcement and public safety organizations to enhance their community trust through social media and digital platforms.


It took place both via zoom and in-person in Brussels and explored the latest trends in digital and social media police public relations and equipped participants with cutting-edge best practices in this space.


Our event featured leaders in public safety PR, tech and community policing and was designed to educate law enforcement agencies, officers, and police public relations personnel with practical tools and tips to better engage their communities through digital means including social media and mobile apps as well as how to promote online safety.


Program Segments:

  1. A publicly accessible zoom webinar featuring attendees from 12 countries and several speakers and briefings focused on the topic of law enforcement and digital communications.

  2. A closed workshop consisting of 5 law enforcements agencies and the SCF focused on developing tangible written guidelines to maximize the use of digital tools by law enforcement to build better community trust. These guidelines will be made accessible to law enforcement agencies and other relevent organization for reference and implementation.

Speakers and Contributors:

  • Lt. Col. Dana Humaid, Director General of International Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Interior, UAE

  • Sarah Frederickx: Head of Communication / Policy Advisor to the Chief of Police Brussels South

  • Amanda Coleman: Crisis Communication Consultant, Author of Crisis Communication Strategies

  • Benjamin Shor: Enterprise Executive, Granicus

  • Superintendent Timothy De Vos: Deputy Chief of Police, Belgian Local Police Schoten

  • Captain Musabbeh Alsaedi, Police Attache to Europe, United Arab Emirates

  • Lea Bärenson, Head of West Harju Police Station, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board

  • Mindaugas Stravinskas, Deputy Director of the Financial Crime Investigation Service under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuani

  • Superintendent Priscilla Caruana Lee, Malta Police

  • Eitan Charnoff, Emergency Services Consultant and Event Moderator

Organizational Affiliation

Our speaker's organizational affiliation includes federal and local law enforcement agencies, as well as tech companies including:

Media:


Outcomes:

During the workshop phase, we developed guidelines on best practices for law enforcement digital communications based on the event discussions and expert input. This short document is meant to be easily digestible and highly applicable within law enforcement agencies and communication firms working with law enforcement and first responder organizations.


These guidelines can be viewed or downloaded below:

Law Enforcement & Digital Engagement SCF Guidelines
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Download PDF • 11.79MB




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