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Social media joins crime fighting

It's a place to share crime tips, locations of community meetings, and success from drug busts. It's a place to share crime tips, locations of community meetings, and success from drug busts.
They're also using the site to warn residents about scams and news in their community. They're also using the site to warn residents about scams and news in their community.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Several law enforcement departments are now using social media to fight crime in the Jackson metro area. 

With 4,515 likes and growing, the Hinds County Sheriff's Department Facebook page continues to gain followers, and connect those protecting the law with the community.

"One of the biggest things it gives the community the opportunity to feel comfortable making comments, feel comfortable sharing tips," said sheriff's department spokesman Othor Cain.

It's a place to share crime tips, locations of community meetings, and success from drug busts.

"We get calls all the time in terms of wanting more information of where we're going to be, what were doing and it's all because of social media,"added Cain.

The Byram Police department Facebook page was just a few weeks old when their online followers helped ID a bank robber leading to her arrest.

"I would say within two hours we had gathered suspect information through the use of Facebook," said Commander Hayman Ford. "We were able to verify the info and make an  arrest."

Since then all their high profile criminal cases are put in their feed, including a recent surveillance picture of a man stealing a weed eater from the local hardware store.

They're also using the site to warn residents about scams and news in their community.

"By us using this we've been able to solve a bunch of felony cases for sure," said Ford. "Our crime numbers have just gone down and I owe a lot of that to the social media networks."

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