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Local law enforcement utilize social media

Local law enforcement are using social media to investigate crimes

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Social media websites are no longer being used for just social exchanges. Law enforcment officials around the nation are using platforms like Facebook and Twitter to help solve cases.

"The more eyes we get on cases that we put out there, the better luck we have in solving those," said Sgt. Dave Lund of the Appleton Police Department.

With more than 6,000 likes on the Green Bay Police Department's facebook page and 2,000 plus twitter followers, Captain Bill Bongle credits tips made through the social media websites as the key compenent for solving an additional 40 cases last year alone.

"It really helps us," Captain Bongle said. "We put that out on facebook and in a very short amount of time someone in the public generally recognizes that person and they contact us."

Colleen Werner, a concerned citizen, shares police post and warnings weekly.

"I'll see something and I'll share it," she said. "Because I am not able to go out and fight crime... I'm not a superhero, but I sure can try."


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