Police find Facebook, Twitter useful

Do you Facebook?

The Louisville Metro Police Department does — and it Twitters, too.

The department has joined law-enforcement agencies across the country that are reaching out to the community online, maintaining a Facebook page and even sending out “tweets” on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

Departments, including Louisville, say the sites are great for soliciting crime tips and spreading news.

“We recognize that there is an entire demographic that is retrieving information using nontraditional technology like social networking sites,” said Officer Phil Russell, a Louisville Metro Police spokesman.

But police officials acknowledge social networking comes with a downside as officers sometimes create their own online profiles, sometimes advocating politically unpopular views.

Russell said the department uses its Facebook page to highlight public safety campaigns and offer crime tips. Department officials also hope it’s connecting them to an audience of potential police recruits, he said.

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