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State police will begin using social media to locate wanted individuals

NEW YORK STATE — New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the New York State Police will begin using social media to catch wanted individuals across the state. The police will launch “Warrant Wednesday” on the division’s Facebook page, asking for the public’s help in tracking down people who have warrants out for arrest.

The New York State Police implemented the new, statewide initiative beginning Feb. 5.

Each Wednesday, wanted posters will be added to the NYSP Facebook page, featuring images of wanted people with arrest or bench warrants from across New York state.

Previous wanted postings on the state police Facebook page, along with the public’s assistance, have led to the identification and arrest of several individuals, police said.

“New York state is using new and creative tools to help make our streets and neighborhoods safer,” Cuomo said. “Social media’s broad appeal can help the state police track down those wanted in connection with crimes and bring them to justice.”

“The state police has already seen the benefits of broadening our use of social media,” State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said. “We are expanding on a pilot program that we launched, late last year, that proved successful in the identification and arrest of several individuals. Expanding this initiative statewide will allow us to take full advantage of social media’s widespread reach to a large, diverse audience.”

Each “Warrant Wednesday” posting will include a poster of a wanted individual, contributed by state police troops across the state. Each poster will include a photo, information about the subject, what he or she is wanted for and a contact number for the appropriate state police station. This will appear as a photo album on the NYSP Facebook page and be distributed via #WarrantWednesday on Twitter.

The state police has asked for the public’s assistance with this initiative to help locate wanted individuals. The public has also been asked to look at and share the postings, each week.

“It is important that anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the individuals not take any police action themselves and instead contact state police,” the NYSP said. “The public should not post tips directly on the Facebook page, but instead use the phone numbers included in each poster, to call.”

Individuals do not need a Facebook account to view the “Warrant Wednesday” postings. Visiting the New York State Police Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nyspolice. The state police have invited those with existing accounts to like the division’s page.

Postings will also be shared on the New York State Police Twitter page at www.twitter.com/@nyspolice.
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