Vegas cops use Twitter to get word out www.privateofficer.com
Las Vegas NV Mar 29 2009
New technologies are allowing people to connect faster and more often, but now law enforcement is using social networking sites to help them solve crimes.
Twitter offers subscribers a way to communicate with others using short messages. Now Metro is using it to send out alerts about crimes and to help with the search when children go missing.
“These things get out within four to five seconds after we hit enter — they are posted and they are out to the world,” said Metro Officer Ramon Denby.
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Twitter users can now get messages right from the LVMPD, letting them know where an accident has caused a road closure or even allowing them to see the alleged store robber, “We can actually post photos on Twitter. We can actually post videos on Twitter that the user will be able to go on and see a robbery video we posted.”
The department has only been on the messaging service for about a week, but already they’ve seen many reasons to use it, like when a little boy wondered away from his home.
“This is huge, because if we have people on their cell phones who subscribe to this site, as they are taking their kids to school and dropping their kids off, they may see this little four-year-old wandering around in his pajamas,” said Denby.
Metro includes the number for CrimeStoppers in its messages, so anyone with information can call. However they say they don’t check for replies, so don’t send a tip back on Twitter. They are off to a good start. Already they have over 150 followers signed up to receive their messages.
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