Law enforcement now uses social media as a professional resource

NOXUBEE COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) -Social media is one of the greatest tools for keeping in touch with friends. It is also a quick way to find information.

Law enforcement is noticing this trend and many have now joined the online community.

“Now social media plays a big role in law enforcement these days,” Triplett said.

in Mississippi, thousands of people use Facebook and Twitter every day. And it’s one way that investigators can reach the community.

Law enforcement officials like investigator Douglas Triplett say it’s important to be active on social media when dealing with a younger generation.

“It helps a lot because of a lot of crime that happens. The miners posted it on social media Snapchat and all that and they come and go and sometimes they admit what they did on social media and that’s how it helps law enforcement solve some many crimes and it’s on social media,” Triplette said.

Triplett says using social media helps her service get information out to the community faster.

“We published it, we got a page. the sheriff’s department has a page on facebook and we make it available to the public to be on the lookout for this and that and it helps the public to keep an eye on their surroundings because if we don’t put it there- down, they’ll never let you know and you can’t reach out to everyone, Triplett said.

Macon Police Chief Divine Beck says social media is just as important as the guns on their duty belts.

“Social media is a great resource and tool for us. we often identify people through Facebook and identify a name with a face and that has helped us a lot in most investigations and we know the face, but they usually have nicknames and that helps us a lot,” Chief Beck said.

Chef Beck says he was here before social media was popular and it’s not impossible to do your job without it…but it helps.

“It would be like the good old days. it wouldn’t be difficult. I’ve been here without social media and social media actually makes our job easier. It’s a tool and a resource that we use a lot,” said Chief Beck.

Beck says social media can be a good thing or a bad thing and warns users to be careful and always remember that they are always watching.

“It can help and it can hurt, but 9 times out of 10 it helps us. Be careful how you use social media. It can be a tool and it can be a weapon,” Chief Beck said.

You can find the Noxubee County Sheriff’s Department and the Macon Police Department on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest information in the area.

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