Linda M. Tobias

11:00 - 12:00 PM General Session

Monday 16th Sept

The Benefits of Giving Frontline Police Officers a Voice on Social Media

Metro Vancouver Transit Police (MVTP), with an authorized strength of only 186 police officers and 20 Community Safety Officers, has 48 social media accounts across 8 platforms. Most of these accounts are handled, not by the PIO or Executive team, but by officers at the sergeant rank or below. As a result of the small departmentā€™s large digital footprint, niche demographics are being reached, goodwill in the community is growing, and media attention has increased. Using MVTP as a case study, Linda Tobias will explore how empowering units and individual officers to have a branded presence on social media will humanize your department, build relationships with the marginalized groups/individuals, and increase employee morale. Linda will share how: employees are selected to manage a social media account, risk is mitigated, oversight is administered, internal support is solicited; and how to make the whole process manageable, even with limited resources.

3:05 - 4:00 PM General Session

Wednesday 18th Sept

Leveraging Reddit for Community Engagement and Media Attention