Dealing with Haters & Trolls:

What Public Safety Should Know About the First Amendment & Social Media


One of the quickest ways to end your law enforcement career is to post something inappropriate on social media. This class will explore the intricacies of the First Amendment freedom of speech in the social media arena. Most importantly, it will provide attendees with the constitutional standard that will be applied in situations where law enforcement personnel posts on social media forums. This course is meant to provide all public law enforcement personnel with the ability to understand and apply the applicable First Amendment rules to real-life situations using cases from across the nation. This training will also touch on the First Amendment implications involved with law enforcement agencies establish a social media presence and strategies that agencies should consider when moderating their social media platforms.

  • The training will begin on 9/29/20 at 9:00 a.m. and run until approximately 12:00 noon. There may be short (5 minute) breaks throughout this session
  • The training will be held using Zoom, an online platform used to facilitate video conferences. In order to access the training, you will be provided with a link at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Eric Atstupenas will be conducting the training in a live & recorded format. What this means is that the training modules will be pre-recorded, but that Eric will be watching along with you during each module. During that time, since Eric is not actively speaking, he can engage with attendees using the chat feature in order to answer questions and poll the audience on certain issues. He may address certain questions on chat, and leave other questions to be answered later. After the end of each module, Eric will appear live to answer questions related to that particular module.
  • At the conclusion of the training, you will be provided with the slides, any other resources discussed during the presentation, and a certificate of completion.


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