It’s extremely unusual these days to pick up a newspaper and not read an article about an officer or an agency that’s jammed themselves up on Facebook.
But while the 40-year-old-plus crowd uses Facebook, many younger folks prefer Reddit.
Reddit is an internet site with user-generated content divided into categories like videos, sports, and special interests and occupations.
Unlike Facebook, however, Reddit users are allowed a degree of anonymity when they rant and rave or make comments about a previous post.
And that’s why many younger officers go to a section of the site that’s reserved for discussions about law enforcement.
Because there isn’t as much risk of a post coming back to haunt to the poster, cops on Reddit have more leeway to explore issues, express opinions, and, perhaps most importantly, blow off some steam.