More local police departments are using social media as another tool in fighting crime. The Tribune Chronicle also is on social media from Facebook pages to apps that sound breaking news alerts.
Warren Township police Chief Don Bishop is one of the local chiefs who said he realizes social media and news websites can be used as additional ways to get information out.
Bishop made the decision the night of Dec. 9 to let followers of the department's Facebook page know about a manhunt taking place following a fatal shooting in Warren with this post:
And many Warren Township Police Facebook followers kept their eyes on the action electronically through online posts, alerts and updates. Bishop said the Facebook post received thousands of "hits."
The trend has caught on nationally and locally as many area police, fire and EMS departments have already created Facebook pages and websites.
The International Association of Police Chiefs has posted information on its blog advising police departments how to use social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter to their advantage.
Find out more and how to get connected in the Sunday Tribune Chronicle and on the Tribune Chronicle website, www.tribtoday.com, and on the Tribune Chronicle page on Facebook.