Officer Mike Bires is a senior police officer with the Azusa Police Department in southern California. With over 22 years in law enforcement, he has worked assignments in corrections, patrol, SWAT, bike patrol and the Field Training Officer program. Mike holds basic, intermediate and advanced level certifications from the California Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). He is currently assigned as the university resource officer assigned to Azusa Pacific University.
Mike designed, developed and manages his department’s website and social media platforms, which have not only been recognized in the United States, but in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Mike is certified in the use of social media by California P.O.S.T. and has received advanced social media training from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Glendale Police Department, Mountain View Police Department the Federal Emergency Management Association (F.E.M.A.) through the National Disaster Training Center at the University of Hawaii, and the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area unit.
Both the private and law enforcement sectors have benefited from presentations given by Mike on the topic of social media. He has authored articles for leading law enforcement publications, such as PoliceOne.com, the International Association of Chiefs Of Police and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute. Mike wrote an After-Action Review titled “Baptism By Fire,” which documented his department’s use of social media during the 2014 Colby Wildfire which threatened the city of Azusa for 3 days. He has presented webinars for the Law Enforcement Social Media Conference and The Justice Clearinghouse, as well as been a guest on the Hashtag Podcast Show.
Mike Bires is the founder of LawEnforcement.Social. He is a regular contributor to the blog and is the host of The Law Enforcement Social Media Podcast, and on the live streaming video programs, COPS on Blab and Talk With The Cops.
Mike is one of the founding members of the second law enforcement social media group in the nation, which is the San Gabriel Valley Law Enforcement Social Media Group.