Back online: Alameda police return to social media

ALAMEDA — Police are back on social media after city officials told them to develop guidelines on what kind of information should be posted.

The City Council reviewed the issue on Tuesday, or a day after the department issued the guidelines.

Police had been offline since March 16 after the council told the department to put postings on hold until protocols could be developed as to what kind of information should be shared with the public and when.

Under the new guidelines, for instance, booking photos only may be released in cases of searching for a missing person, a sex crimes suspect, or in an incident where someone is wanted for a crime when there is a compelling public safety reason for doing so.

Councilwoman Trish Herrera Spencer put the item on Tuesday’s agenda, noting the police have “a significant number of followers on social media, sometimes more than the city,” and that by suspending police’s social media the city was “failing to do all it can to help victims and reduce crime” by not being transparent with information it released to the public.

Spencer said she was concerned about the delay in developing the protocols.

The council initially took the department offline as part of reviewing overall policing in the city.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Author: Peter Hegarty

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