News Column

Local Officers Turning to Social Media

February 14, 2013

Darcy Gray

Social media is proving to be a good tool for Hutchinson police officers. Local investigators have started posting more case information on Facebook and Twitter, because the information is prompting numerous tips from the public.

It's helping officers generate leads, and in some cases, solve crimes.

"We get quite a few calls and Crime Stoppers tips," said Hutchinson Police Lt. Martin Robertson.

So far this week, police officers have posted nine photos from Wal-Mart surveillance cameras, asking the public to help identify "persons of interest" in theft and shoplifting cases.

"At this point, they're just persons of interest," Robertson said. "We just want to talk to them.

"Anytime we get video and photos of people we can't identify, and we need to talk to them, then we'll post that (online).

"It's been very effective."

In the past, police also have posted surveillance photos from Dillons stores, too.

Since joining Facebook on Nov. 28, 2010, the Hutchinson Police Department has garnered 4,668 followers. The department also has 1,476 followers on Twitter.

Source: (c) 2013 The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, Kan.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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