Facebook fighting crime
Ryan Summerlin February 19, 2013
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is ramping up its efforts to reach out to the public.
The department has recently begun uploading more content to its previously existing Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Summit-County-Sheriff .
"We are trying to use multimedia to get the word out there," Capt. Justin Martinez said. "We’ve had the Facebook page for a while but now we’re utilizing it for the public to engage with us more."
The Facebook page will now include information that previously did not meet the criteria of what could be posted, he said.
"There are things we’re doing day-to-day, such as someone sending us a nice letter thanking a deputy for pulling them out of the snow. We’re going to start throwing those up there."
They are also now uploading crime photos onto Facebook to ask the community’s help in finding wanted suspects.
"When we get a photo or video surveillance, that doesn’t automatically mean we know who they are," he said. "We encourage participation with the Sheriff’s Office to help solve these crimes. Any information they can provide to us would be greatly appreciated."
Martinez added that crime-solving television shows often misrepresent the reality of police work.
"We can’t just take a fingerprint off a piece of wood, and we don’t have something where we can automatically identify who people are in photos or surveillance," he said. "So we are eliciting the community’s help and are trying to get out information that the public maybe doesn’t know about."