Stone R, Socii KM  notes that scientists have identified stereotypical frameworks used for news to promote general hostility toward African Americans. Stone & Socia adds that stereotypical reaction occurs to meet public expectations and reinforce negative stereotypes . Presenting facts on social media and information to satisfy stereotypical public expectations could be both a manipulation of the truth and a violation of the law. Rosenbaum, D. P., Schuck, A. M., Costello, S. K., Hawkins, D. F., & Ring, M. K. (2005).
Attitudes towards law enforcement: the impact of direct and indirect experience. Enforce the law. Q. 8, 343-365. doi: 10.1177/1098611104271085 Many law enforcement agencies are aware that the desire to use social media and SMS for business is largely driven by a young, tech-savvy workforce. Millennials make up the largest demographic percentage of the workforce. A growing number of law enforcement agencies are also recognizing the importance of keeping up with emerging communication trends in order to better collaborate across departments, with other agencies and, most importantly, with the public. This terminology tends to tarnish the role and mission of this police unit. The correct term is the public order management unit. Once again, when any mass gathering takes on violent proportions, soaked in the scorching sun on this island, the emotions and temperament of the protesters are inflamed. But police on duty must maintain a trained professional attitude, which can be difficult given the nature of some threats. The police must always be aware that they can be seen in live media with international reach.
Social media videos travel abroad in minutes. I argued that the Sri Lankan police must use drone technology to control crowds during violent protests so that they have aerial photographs to justify violations and hard evidence to prosecute violent offenders. The London Metropolitan Police uses helicopters for this purpose. The purpose of this study is to conduct action research to better understand the phenomenon of how fake news from social media and information affects law enforcement, to offer solutions that reduce false media coverage, reduce criminal behavior, and reduce the dangers that law enforcement agencies face every day. The virtual media environment continues to change the way Sri Lankans learn the news. The field of digital information is part of our lives. In a global context, social media has sometimes made it difficult to cover the news, as it tries to keep control of what people want to hear, see or hear. Callanan, V.
J. and Rosenberger, J. S. (2011). Media and public perception of law enforcement: examining the impact of race and personal experiences. Politics. Soz. 21, 167-189. doi: 10.1080/10439463.2010.540655 Around the world, there is evidence of an increase in criminal behavior, lack of personal responsibility, and tolerance towards others, as social media engages people to report events. These inaccurate reports are increasingly inspiring individuals and groups to commit criminal behaviour against law enforcement. Attacks on law enforcement consist of increased resistance to arrests, attacks with bottles and stones, and even murders with automatic firearms. Inaccurate social media reports influence an officer`s mentality and reaction in mitigating crime – this can manifest itself negatively or positively by police.
Violent crime is on the rise worldwide as criminals reassert themselves. We must pause to remember Sir Robert Peel, founder of the Police Service in England (1829), who defined the police service as „The police is the public and the public is the police”. Chow, H. (2010). Public Relations with Law Enforcement Agencies: Perception of law enforcement among university students in a western Canadian city. Int. J. Criminol. Sociol. Theory 3, 496-511.
Some news clips on social media dramatize reporting on crime in Sri Lanka with music, sirens, etc. – it`s unprofessional. These types of reporting reduce the dignity and bravery of police duty. Unfortunately, the actions of some police officers posted on social media have undermined Sri Lanka`s image of human rights values in the global community. The ninth principle reminds us: „The criterion of police effectiveness is the absence of crime and disorder, not visible evidence of police action to deal with it.” This should be understood by all Sri Lankan police officers. A static social media presence – through the creation of a Facebook page or website – is simply not enough to foster and maintain community relationships in a multicultural Sri Lanka. Chermak, S. M., McGarrell, E., & Gruenewald, J. (2006).
Media coverage of law enforcement misconduct and attitudes toward law enforcement. Int. J. Polic. 29, 261-281. doi: 10.1108/13639510610667664 Each of us should take action to support law enforcement and give a positive boost to our communities, our professions and our country. The best thing about serving as a police officer is the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others on a daily basis.