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State Police to use social media to locate wanted

The New York State Police will use social media to catch wanted individuals across the state. State police launched “Warrant Wednesday” on Feb. 5 on the division’s Facebook page asking for the public’s help tracking down people who have warrants out for arrest.

Each Wednesday, wanted posters will be added, featuring posters of wanted people with arrest or bench warrants from across New York state. Previous wanted postings on the state police Facebook page, and the public’s assistance, have led to the identification and arrest of several individuals.

“New York state is using new and creative tools to help make our streets and neighborhoods safer,” Gov. Andrew M. 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.”

Each poster will include a photo, information about the subject, what they are wanted for and a contact number for the appropriate state police station. This will appear as a “photo album” on the state police Facebook page and distributed via the #WarrantWednesday hashtag on Twitter.

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 public should not post tips directly on the Facebook page, but instead use the phone numbers included in each poster to call.

To view the “Warrant Wednesday” postings, you do not need a Facebook account. You can see the postings by visiting the New York State Police Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nyspolice.

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

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