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Friday, October 29, 2010

I am a rookie blogger

Well, this is my first divulgence into the world of blogging; hopefully it will turn out to be a successful venture.

I got the idea from Chief Alexander in Boca Raton, who has been blogging for several months now. I also took some suggestions from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, who have developed model policies and programs on using social networking as a tool for police departments to exchange information and ideas with their communities.

Statistics show that even not so old methods (e-mail, website development, instant media alerts) are just not fast or sufficient enough for today's social-driven population. One example: people check their Facebook page more frequently than their e-mail!

So I have come to the conclusion that there really is no way around it. The Gulfport Police Department has joined the social media world. This week we launched a facebook page and the Chief's Blog with the specific intention of sharing ideas and information with you, the people who live in, work in, and visit Gulfport.

I intend to post something roughly once a week, and I look forward to your thoughtful responses.


  1. Impressive for a rookie blogger - although so am I. Thank you Chief Vincent for keeping to your promise of open communication - this blog is a new part of that. Additionally, thank you for your ability to change with the times and the budgets with your creativity.

  2. I think it's great that GP and the GPPD are trying to stay current with how communication is trending. And the hybrids are a great idea!