Law enforcement agencies here in Middle Georgia have a new tool to fight the bad guys. The Byron Police Department, Macon Police, and the Peach County Sheriff's Office are a few local agencies who are using Facebook.
Lieutenant Byran Hunter with the Byron Police Department says, " 90% of solving the crimes is just getting good information, and we can't do that without the help from the citizens." He says that's the reason why they created a fan page.
Facebook's popularity makes it ease for the Byron Police Department to reach community members.
"Everybody on Facebook checks it everyday from their phones, from work or home, from wherever they are at," says Hunter.
Macon Regional Crimestoppers uses the social networking site too. "Advertise to people out there in Middle Georgia what Crimestoppers is, what our stats are, how many people are arrested, and rewards paid out," says Sgt. Robert Martin.
Crimestoppers has photos of wanted criminals. Martin says he hopes people will see the Crimestoppers logo on Facebook and be compelled to call in an anonymous tip.
"We just want as many avenues as we can...Facebook being one of them to reach out and tell people's who's wanted," says Martin.
The social networking phenomenon is a free tool helping officers put more criminals behind bars.