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Social Media Screening for Law Enforcement

Updated: Jan 16

Talbot County, Maryland, with a population of approximately 37,500, is a sprawling county on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. As the primary law enforcement agency in Talbot County, the Sheriff’s office, consists of thirty-nine sworn personnel across several divisions including criminal investigations, court security, civil process services, school resources, and grant-funded heroin coordinators.

Talbot County Sheriffs leverages social media screening and continuous monitoring from Ferretly for pre-employment verifications, investigations, and sex offender monitoring.

Monitoring Sex Offenders The Sheriff’s Office is the central repository for all Court Ordered registered sex offenders in Talbot County. The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for ensuring that all sex offenders are registered and remain compliant within Talbot County. Random compliance checks are completed throughout the year by Sheriff’s Deputies. There are currently over forty (40) sex offenders registered and monitored with Ferretly. Ferretly's Artificial Intelligence (AI) is able to quickly alert the staff if one of the offenders has potential criminal behavior online. Ferretly is used to ensure sex offenders stay compliant with their court orders and failure to disclose social media accounts is crucial in order to mandate this order.

"Ferretly has provided our agency valuable insight into our current sex offenders that we are tracking," stated Sgt. Marlene Gieraltowski.

Protecting our Agency Social media screening and continuous monitoring of your current workforce can enforce a stronger culture, mitigate potential bias, and help to maintain trust. Police force monitoring serves as a reliable step to ensure you are aware of racial bias and toxic officer behavior that could represent a potential risk to public safety or undermine the relationship police have with citizens. In today’s cancel culture, with heightened sensitivities, social media screening is quickly becoming a key component to ensure officers live up to the unbiased institution demanded by the public.

Pre-employment Verifications and On-going Monitoring Social media screening should become an integral part of the pre-employment and ongoing re-certification processes. Using AI, public posts can be scanned and monitored for any red flags including hate speech, threats of violence, self-harm, insults, and bullying, and more. Alerts can be sent to those tasked with oversight, eliminating the need for human analysts to monitor an unwieldy amount of posts across a potentially large police force. Social Media Screening can help identify bad actors, biases, and behaviors that could ultimately undermine the community’s faith in their local law enforcement professionals and potential to bring rise to unwanted litigation.

"When searching for qualified candidates, it is absolutely necessary and essential for our agency to make decisions for employment based on honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. Ferretly provides this accountability factor check when searching pre-employment candidates," stated Gieraltowski.

By incorporating an intuitive cloud platform and Artificial Intelligence, Ferretly provides a consistent, unbiased and thorough report on a police force quickly and efficiently. Ferretly analyzes only public posts and content and ensures privacy. We are both FCRA and EEOC compliant.

"In order to maintain trust with our community, we must stay on top of our personnel's online behavior. In addition, Ferretly gives us the ability to easily monitor social media posts for a person under criminal investigation," stated Sheriff Joseph Gamble.

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