A Social Network Just for Cops

A handful of Connecticut police departments have signed on with BlueLine, a brand new social network for law enforcement.

"Behind the scenes of our video shoot in Newtown, CT," BlueLine Connect writes on Twitter.
"Behind the scenes of our video shoot in Newtown, CT," BlueLine Connect writes on Twitter.
By Gary Jeanfaivre

Police departments have a new weapon in their arsenal: their own social network.

It's called BlueLine, and a handful of Connecticut police departments are giving it a shot.

Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury, Hartford, Yale and Connecticut Public Safety have all signed on, according to a report by the New Haven Register.

BlueLine, the brainchild of Bill Bratton and Bratton Technologies, went live in October at the International Association of Police Chiefs' annual conference in Philadelphia. 

Bratton is no stranger to law enforcement. He is a former police commissioner in New York and Los Angeles.

"This is a big void that needed to be filled," Bratton told the Daily News in September. "Our intent is to have officers locate their counterparts and closely interact with each other on a number of topics such as gangs and counterterrorism as well as share their best practices and strategies."

The one-minute video embedded with this article, shared on Bratton Technologies' Facebook page, provides an overview of the social network's functionality.


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