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Social media helps local law enforcement tag more criminals

POSTED: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 3:14pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 3:15pm

WACO -- It's been three months since the Waco Police Department launched its own Facebook page where they post pictures of suspects and persons of interest.

So far the page, which hit one thousand likes yesterday, is proving its worth.

"We've had five that were (identified). We found out who the suspect was. Out of that five we've had four of them that did result in warrants for people's arrest," said Detective Aaron Welchel. 

He said he's seen a vast increase in online traffic and activity.

Thanks to the Facebook and Twitter account

"A couple of posts that we've put on the neighborhood services Facebook page, they'll link that to their Facebook page. We've also had Sgt. Swanton has linked that to our Twitter page also," said Welchel.

For the first half of this year, Crime Stoppers had 55 suspects arrested clearing 116 offenses.

Officials say last year fewer than fifty were arrested with 111 offenses cleared.

Welchel said they've expanded the page so there are also pictures of people with active warrants that need to be located.

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