Thursday, 10 March 2016

West Midlands Police Live Video to facebook Episode One as #WMPLive with Supt Kerry Blakeman and Sc Lee Page

Kerry Blakeman has been engaging with the public he serves using live video broadcasts for five years.

In this latest example, Superintendent Kerry is using the new facebook live to deliver a set of ten broadcasts over the course of one evening (4.30 to 10pm, Wed 9 March 2016).

You can find all ten broadcasts at: facebook/wmp/videos or embedded in this post below.

Edit Sat 12 March: new slide on this post, highlighting new Kerry Blakeman twitter banner with stats - Reach 581,475 .. Views 202,219 .. Comments 10,161

Edit Thurs 17 March: New Info on blog post from the producer's point of view at:  bring your facebook alive with facebook live

All notes on this page are made from my observation. The videos have been made using a mobile phone (iOS I believe) and 4g or wifi where available (the exception is Video 7.)

For those facebook accounts that have the feature here's how to do it: facebook help.

Prior to the event, there was a press release and a video trailer.

Kerry was joined by Special Constable Lee Page as co presenter and a camera man. The three person setup helped tremendously (in my opinion) to help everyone relax and focus on a production role. For example, Sc Lee to find and ask the public's questions (from a smartphone). And Kerry to answer those questions.

With ten broadcasts taking place in six and a half hours, that's one video every 40 minutes. Each one had a new location. 

And all were clearly labelled using the hashtag #WMPLive - used for facebook, at twitter and the web ie a google search. It's worth noting, the hashtag #WMPLive was first used on 21 June 2013 (ref tweet).

West Mids Police posted the next morning on it's website (10 Mar16) with: Tens of thousands make #WMPLive a huge success on Facebook.

So what do you think? If you're from Law Enforcement and Police and want to engage with your community, follow these steps - and if you liked what you saw or have a question, then send a tweet to @kerryblakeman.

I've included the slide on the right to show Kerry Blakeman's Police Officer rank. I would say it's quite rare to see such a senior officer taking his time out to broadcast in this way. 

For children reading this post, or for those who are curious - ranks in the UK Police are: Constable, Sergeant, Inspector, Chief Inspector, Superintendent, Chief Superintendent, Assistant Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable and Chief Constable.

And what makes West Midlands Police such a social force is how the new Chief  Constable Dave Thompson even makes time to tweetHearing great things about #wmplive !

This post has also been made with a view to informing those attending the next SMILE Conference on 25-28 April 2016 in Alexandria, Virginia- always a few days of healthy discussion on the use of Social Media, Internet in Law Enforcement.

Endpoint, Google docs now have a feature to download a file as ePub. This means making your own eBooks to be read in Google Books or an ePub reader on mobile or tablet. I'm experimenting with this idea now - you can find a raw demo at: Kerry Blakeman at whatsinKenilworth.com 2011 to 2015.

This are also a few notes at my Uni Blog called: How West Midlands Police are using Live Video at facebook in March 2016 


Video - 1 .. #WMPLive Introduction 2:51


#WMPLive introduction
Posted by West Midlands Police on Wednesday, 9 March 2016


Video - 2 .. #WMPLive - answering your questions 7:58


#WMPLive - answering your questions
Posted by West Midlands Police on Wednesday, 9 March 2016


Video - 3 .. #WMPLive live response 4:50


#WMPLive live response
Posted by West Midlands Police on Wednesday, 9 March 2016


Video - 4 .. #WMPLive update following response call


#WMPLive update following response call
Posted by West Midlands Police on Wednesday, 9 March 2016


Video - 5 .. #WMPLive Q and A


#WMPLive Q&A
Posted by West Midlands Police on Wednesday, 9 March 2016


Video - 6 .. #WMPLive Towing collision in Quinton


#WMPLive Towing collision in Quinton
Posted by West Midlands Police on Wednesday, 9 March 2016


Video - 7 .. #WMPLive #WMPAlmostLive Visit to new Oldbury custody suite.


#WMPAlmostLive Visit to new Oldbury custody suite.
Posted by West Midlands Police on Wednesday, 9 March 2016


Video - 8 .. #WMPLive Answering more of your questions!


#WMPLive Answering more of your questions!
Posted by West Midlands Police on Wednesday, 9 March 2016


Video - 9 .. #WMPLive Responding to a 999 call


#WMPLive Responding to a 999 call
Posted by West Midlands Police on Wednesday, 9 March 2016


Video - 10 .. Goodnight and thanks for your support


#WMPLive Goodnight and thanks for all your support!
Posted by West Midlands Police on Wednesday, 9 March 2016


Video - Trailer

Facebook Live
This afternoon from around 4.30pm we’ll be giving you a LIVE video insight into response policing using Facebook Live for the first time!We'll use the new live video broadcasting feature to take you to live incidents as they’re called in across the region.Superintendent Kerry Blakeman – who was named ‘top cop’ at last year’s international SMILE conference – will be on hand to explain how we work to keep people safe, 24 hours a day.We’ll also be answering YOUR questions during the broadcasts which will begin this afternoon and carry on into the evening.Follow #WMPLive to join in!
Posted by West Midlands Police on Wednesday, 9 March 2016

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