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Law Enforcement Agencies Make Wide Use of Social Media

With nearly everyone in the known universe using social media, it should be no surprise law enforcement agencies are too. You may still be able to find flyspecked most-wanted notices tacked onto a wall in a post office or federal building, but many police agencies have updated for the digital age.

Besides hunting for a suspect or fugitive by interviewing acquaintances or family members or checking phone records, these days, many North American police departments gather tips from the public or find suspects through Twitter, Facebook and other popular websites. It’s not uncommon to see security camera video captures posted on a police blog, with an appeal to the public for help identifying or locating a suspect.

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