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Police In Miami, Oklahoma Utilize Social Media To Catch Criminals

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Police in Miami, Oklahoma are asking the public for help in identifying area criminals. Nothing new. What is.. Is that they're doing so through the use of social media.

"A lot of people are posting comments on Facebook like, that's cheating, but if you've got your money stolen, you'd want us to use whatever access we had," said Miami Detective David Dean.

From milk cartons to wanted flyers, police departments have long asked for the public's help to locate criminals. But now if police want to figure out where or who someone is, they turn to social media. Detective David Dean with the Miami Police Department started a social media initiative just last week. The Department shares pictures of suspects they couldn't identify with the media.

"It only took within hours once it got posted on social media that I was able to find out who my suspects were in my cases," Dean said.
 
Dean says so far he's just using photos from shopping lifting or theft cases, but that it's worked every time. And the Department says it's happy Dean took the initiative to get it off the ground.
 
"Cases solved, we've had people calling left and right, I had one person call and say they those are my kids, what's going on here?," said Miami Police Captain Thomas Anderson.

And the Department tells me the initiative is going so well, they are already looking to expand. 

"I really believe the Police Department is going to take this further, and maybe create their own page, with links to other media outlets," Anderson said.
 
And as an added bonus, Dean says some of the criminals he's shared on Facebook say they don't appreciate being called out on social media. He hopes it might even serve as a deterrent to small time thieves from committing crime in the first place.

"Don't do the crime, because your picture might be put up on Facebook for everybody to see," Dean said.

Again the Miami Police Department does not have it's own Facebook page at this time, they are just sharing photos with the media to post on their page. But they say they are looking into creating a page of their own. 

To visit the Miami Police Department's website, click here. 

 

 

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