Okay, it's time for change. You CAN teach old dogs new tricks.
After more than 30 years in this business, social media is changing how we communicate with each other. When I first started in law enforcement (1980), we had two daily newspapers (the Post and the Globe) and about five television stations. The police rarely admitted to crime happening, let alone initiate a news story.
Today, we have one daily paper, but I counted over 600 cable stations on TV, with at least 20 dedicated to some sort of news or what they call news. News sources on the Internet are too many to count. Do we really need that many news organizations? I digress.
The bottomline is that people are no longer getting their news from just a few sources. They get much of it from Internet and social media sites. With that said, I've embraced "some" social media. I have a Facebook account and Tweet quite often. That's not enough.
Many have asked why I haven't set up a blog like Chief Sam Dotson (St. Louis City PD). I told them that I didn't know how to set up a blog and that Chief Dotson was (much) younger and more tech savvy than me. I said I would try to learn. Take my word for it - nobody at my offices in Clayton could help.
Here's my first attempt. I'll do my best not to get myself in trouble by saying exactly what's on my mind. However, if I do, it certainly won't be the first time. Wish me luck.