Mike Russell has been a mainstay as the face of the Victoria Police Department in British Columbia, Canada for a few years now. He is well known within both the policing community and also the everyday people community.
Mike is also known online as "Community Mike" because of his committment to building communities and being part of the greater good.
From his website you learn everything there is to know about Mike in the first line,
"I connect communities. How can I help you?
I'm Mike, a community advocate, social media strategist, digitial media innovator, community collaborator, professional communicator, father of four and husband to an amazing woman.
I've worked in communities in BC and Alberta engaging residents in community-driven solutions to complicated problems. Using social media, digital resources, engagement strategies, and lots of coffee, our innovative solutions have been replicated and studied across North America.
From #VicPDHelps, Canada's first twitter crime reporting to the first Canadian interactive police app 'mobileVicPD' and using Pinterest to return recovered stolen property, innovation and collaboration are key tenets of our work.
I am an advocate of online security and privacy and have trained and presented on open source investigations, internet security and the implications of information sharing in our digital environment.
The successful parterships I develop, lead to great collaborations between community, police, government, social agencies and the business community, with the end goal of creating a caring, safe community for all.
I am a passionate volunteer and advocate, having volunteered thousands of hours with charities throughout Edmonton and Victoria and am passionate about giving back to the communities I love.