The network, according to the report, launched in beta in mid-June. It’s being tested by 100 officers in the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments and the University of Southern California police.
Dubbed BlueLine, the network is designed to allow “active law enforcement officers and professionals to find each other and share insights, observations and expertise.” It combines some of the most popular features of other social networks, primarily Facebook. Members can post messages, photos or videos and can “like” and “share” each other’s content. Like LinkedIn, BlueLine allows officers to join specialized groups, such as SWAT, to talk about related issues.
BlueLine reportedly offers privacy and security to keep the public and potential perpetrators from learning about investigations or techniques from leaking out to the general public. It requires multiple verifications for a new user to create an account, for example.