A law enforcement social-media network designed exclusively for the men and women in blue is close to being launched.
Created by former Boston police commissioner and Los Angeles police chief Bill Bratton, BlueLine is being called a site on which officers can share their expertise, insight, and information securely through video, instant messaging, videoconferencing, and screen-share capabilities.
The network is scheduled to go live at the International Association of Police Chiefs’ annual conference in Philadelphia in late October, said Bratton, who is also a former New York City police commissioner.
Bratton, regarded as an international expert on reducing crime, combating gang violence, and improving police-community relations, said there has been a longstanding belief that federal, state, and local agencies work closely, especially since the Sept. 11 attacks. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.