Tier Talk Podcast: Social media and law enforcement

Anthony Gangi and co-host Nicholas Kane sit down with guest Matthew Gallup to discuss the benefits and liabilities of social media



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Law enforcement's use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms has grown. As with any technology, there are both benefits and liabilities. 

In this episode of Tier Talk, Anthony Gangi and co-host Nicholas Kane sit down with guest Matthew Gallup to discuss how social media can be utilized to screen new applicants and to conduct investigations (criminal and administrative). They also discuss the addition of new policies related to social media and how those policies will affect the growing number of law enforcement professionals who use it. 

About Matt Gallup 
Matt Gallup knew in his young childhood that the thin blue line was a calling. At age sixteen, Gallup joined the Oakland First Aid Squad (earning his EMT certification) and the Ramsey Police Explorer Group. At age 18, Gallup joined the Oakland Fire Department as a firefighter and as an Underwater Search and Rescue diver. Shortly thereafter, he was accepted as a member of the Oakland Auxiliary Police as a Class 1 Special. He was the first resident in Oakland to belong to all three public safety departments at the same time. 

Gallup was hired by the UMDNJ Police Department (now Rutgers Police) in Newark. He held the rank of Detective and served in numerous federal, state, and local task forces including the Essex/Union County Auto Theft Task Force. During his tenure, he received over 30 commendations for acts of valor. Matt worked in internal affairs, major crimes, crime scene and became UMDNJ’s first gang investigator. 

Matt then transferred to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and served in many different divisions. He was also a member of the Passaic County SWAT Team and a Commander of the Passaic County Rapid Deployment Team used in civil disorder and counter-terrorism operations.Gallup also was a member of the Passaic County Shooting Response Team and the Child Abduction Response Team. He also continued his higher education goals at Fairleigh Dickinson University and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Administrative Science with a 4.0 GPA. 

Gallup finished his 25-year career and moved on to the Montclair State University Police Department as a civilian Director of Emergency Management - a position he currently holds. He is also an adjunct professor in the Justice Studies program. 

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