It’s referred to as predictive policing information. Police elect to reveal the presence of officers by way of Twitter or other social media, and officers are aware.
In one instance, LAPD Pacific Division officers announced their whereabouts, saying they would be patrolling certain neighborhoods and maintaining high visibility.
The Sept. 30 announcement went on to say, “Along with our normal patrols, we will be out there patrolling these areas too, so if you see us, make sure to stop us and say hello.”
But, Beck said Tuesday, sometimes the public should not know where police are.
“It is not always in the public’s best interest to know where police are operating,” he said….Waze, which helps drivers navigate roadways and avoid traffic tie-ups, features a police button to mark the general location of officers in a vicinity.
Some Waze users say the feature helps them to avoid what they believe are ticket traps. Waze says the feature was created in partnership with law enforcement to get motorists to drive more safely.
But Beck maintains that the real-time traffic app could be used by criminals to evade police or to harm officers….(More)”