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The US and UK police forces are the forerunners in this type of exploitation. This is more or less the case with their European counterparts. For instance, the adoption of social media by the police is very high in Holland. The police are integrating Twitter, Facebook, Blogs into their daily professional practices. In the UK, social media use is naturally linked with “Community Policing”. Social media have come to be viewed as a means of communication on the local level for investigations on terrorist activities in London. In Germany the development of social media is a matter of strategic agenda. Nowadays, a road map is beingdevised on how investigations might be conducted over social media. A number of police units have accomplished to exploit such means in countries with wide-scale social media use. The fact that social media use is already common place in Turkey paves the way for the use of social media in that sense. According to official data, Turkey is the fourth country in the world in the number of Facebook users, which makes it inevitable for the Turkish police to utilize social media platforms in their collaboration and communication with society for the fight against crimes and criminals. This increases the importance of, along with the adoption of social media, establishing prospective methods to be applied in the use of social media in relevant contexts and endorsing these stages with the convenient character of “implementations towards the acquisition of relevant essential skills”. Similarly, the rising of social media is a subject of strategic ICT agendas. Included in LdV’s 2013 EU priorities, “Promotion of acquisition of key competences in VET” and “digital and technological competences”, considered as one of the “key competences”, are closely related with the vision of social media use by the police. This relation highlights a clear requirement on the part not only of those who conduct the profession on a daily basis, but also of those who are waiting to be recruited in the near future. The project embarks from this problem and aims to improve the professional qualifications of members of target sector (police officers/administrators and candidates) through a virtual learning environment including online training modules, multimedia contents and a database for links with an eye to promote the operational efficiency of social media in communication with public for the fight against crime and criminals. Devised to run for 18 months, the project aims to adopt relevant outcomes of the COMPOSITE Project through a competent consortium. It is envisaged that the project, together with its relevant outcomes, will not only improve operational efficiency, but also provide a wide-scale basis for the adoption of social media to current policing practice throughout Europe.



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