Some days it seems there’s a social network for everything: There’s Catmoji for sharing cat pics, for instance, and NextDoor for your block, so you can bitch about whoever it is keeps stealing your FedEx packages. And now, the AP reports, there’s BlueLine, a LinkedIn-like social network just for the police.
Surely this won’t get anyone into trouble!
It’s the work of New York-based Bratton Technologies, run by former NYC police commissioner and L.A. police chief Bill Bratton, and it’s designed as a place for cops to “share their expertise, insight and information.” Think counter-terrorism strategies, tips for hunting gangs on Facebook and, we’re just speculating here, angry flame-wars about stop-and-frisk.
But lest you think you can create a fake profile to infiltrate the NYPD in the hopes of a heads-up re: whether you’ll get ticketed this weekend for beer bottles in public parks, you’ll apparently need “multiple verifications” to join the network:
“Our focus is to have a walled community where you’re verified and authenticated, so you have a safe form of communication with law enforcement, analysts and administrators,” said David Riker, Bratton Technologies’ president.
We give it a couple of weeks at most until someone starts leaking choice bits.