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When Sir Robert Peel established the London Metropolitan Police Department more than 180 years ago, he could not have foreseen the advent of social media and its impact on policing.
Among his very forward thinking principles, though, was this foundational concept for community policing: “The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”
Back in the spring semester, the Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD) set up a social media center in its headquarters building, equipping it with computers, monitors and large-screen visual displays to begin interacting with students and other members of the campus community.
The Institute Finance Support Team (IFST) was created last year to help improve institutional effectiveness by providing constituents across the Institute with an independent resource who can assist with a variety of financial and administrative needs.