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Connecticut Police Departments Form Social Media Consortium Through BlueLine Professional Network

Chiefs of police and commanding officers representing Connecticut’s major city law enforcement agencies announced the creation of a new social media consortium at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 120th annual conference in Philadelphia, this week. Designed to foster real-time communication between Connecticut police departments, the consortium will utilize BlueLine™, the first professional network built exclusively for law enforcement, to facilitate active dialogue between officers.

Led by the New Haven Police Department, the social media initiative brings together officers from Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury, Yale University and Connecticut Public Safety.

“BlueLine is a fantastic way for us to stay connected and continuously share information,” said New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman. “We’ll save time and money by video conferencing securely with colleagues from across the state and we’ll be able to quickly build a network of skill sets and areas of expertise that will help us keep the state of Connecticut safe.”

BlueLine is a web-based professional network for law enforcement officials, designed to foster communication and collaboration between both individual officers and agencies. Delivering traditional professional networking capabilities, along with video conferencing, directories, group discussions, instant messaging and a centralized marketplace, the network is designed to be a safe communications hub for law enforcement agencies nationwide. BlueLine is led by CEO William J. Bratton, former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and Commissioner of both the New York and Boston Police Departments.

“Collaboration is the single most important ingredient to good police work,” said Bratton. “By forming a digital consortium on BlueLine, Connecticut’s police departments are demonstrating their commitment to breaking down silos and working together to improve public safety.”

Membership in BlueLine is limited to active law enforcement professionals and is free to join. The network is built to Criminal Justice Information Standards and deploys a layered security protocol that incorporates several levels of user authentication and underlying infrastructure protection.

About Bratton Technologies and BlueLine™

Headquartered in New York City, Bratton Technologies develops industry-specific professional networks. Its first commercially available offering is BlueLine, the first-ever professional network built exclusively for law enforcement. Designed to foster communication and collaboration between individual officers, police departments, sheriff’s offices and even labor unions, BlueLine delivers traditional professional networking capabilities, along with video conferencing, directories, groups, instant messaging and a centralized marketplace. The network is designed to be a safe communications hub for law enforcement agencies nationwide. For more information, visit www.brattontech.com or register at www.bluelineconnect.com

About the New Haven Police Department

Formed in 1861, the New Haven Police Department is the largest municipal police agency in the state of Connecticut, with a sworn officer and civilian staff of about 500. The department is led by Chief Dean M. Esserman and a command staff of four assistant chiefs. The department is made up of the Patrol Division, Investigative Services Division, Emergency Services Division, Bureau of Identification, Traffic Division, Intelligence Unit, Shooting Task Force, Street Interdiction Unit, School Resource Officers, Internal Affairs and Police Academy. These divisions are supported by dozens of units.

The department pioneered community based policing after its introduction in New York City over two decades ago. The NHPD model and its many professional partnerships with groups such as the Yale University Child Study Centre and “Project Longevity” have been emulated by departments across the country and overseas.

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