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Social Networks Becoming Valuable To Police

March 20, 2012 by  

Social Networks Becoming Valuable To Police
Police are increasingly turning to the Internet to solve crimes.

Facebook has become an increasingly useful tool for law enforcement agencies, and reports of criminals being caught after posting about or discussing crimes via the site are not uncommon, but a new report shows law enforcement using social networking in more intricate ways.

After a bullet grazed the head of a victim in New York City on March 10, detectives used facial recognition software in conjunction with Facebook to solve the crime, according to My FOX New York. The shooting victim told officers he knew the man, but did not know his name and provided them a Facebook photo of the suspect.

Authorities at the Real Time Crime Center, which contains a database of mug shots, names and nicknames, fed the photo through the system and a match appeared: the suspect’s prior mug shot.

A recent article published by infoTECH outlines a number of other ways police are using social networking as a crime-fighting tool throughout the country, including by posting pictures of criminals or soliciting information from users of social networking sites to help with investigations.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • s c

    Lawyers to the rescue! This was inevitable. Criminals are being subjected to electronic profiling. Alert Congress. Stop the presses. Someone tell Crissy Mathews. Call Jesse Jackson.
    Somebody call Hollywood and tell them to start the next screenwriter brainstorming session so money for the movie can be put together. I smell an Academy Award, a Pulitzer and maybe a Nobel Peace Prize.

    • Sirian

      LOL, come on s c, quite it. . . LOL!!! Your post is funny but what’s so ironic though, it’s as true as true can be!!

    • 45caliber

      The police may love to arrest criminals but the lawyers can’t stand that! It would cut into their income! Congress certainly needs to act to protect this vital minority.

      • Katchaturian

        “Vital minority” with the same thieving credentials.

  • oldbill

    How much are we paying these people to police facebook? I paint a wall and open Facebook, then the challenge is which is more exciting to watch.

    • Vigilant

      It’s not just facebook. Take a gander at

      They got us coming and going.

      I suggest we develop a list of about 100 buzzwords (bomb, terrorist, etc.) and attach the list to every e-mail we send. It’ll overload the system.

      • 45caliber

        you don’t need a hundred words. “Bomb” will do it. Simply have your subject line or the first word of your email as “This is NOT a bomb threat!”

        That will trigger their search every time – and it still gets the point across that they have nothing to worry about. It just wastes someone’s time trying to read it.

  • chippernelle

    facebook is great for finding information and it is surprising how many people don’t even try to protect their privacy. Thanks to facebook I was able to find the deadbeats that skipped out on rent and left me owing nearly $600 to city utilities on top of everything else. Because of facebook I know where they work now so I can serve them papers.

  • Katchaturian

    Its taken them a while. Now watch for the feds cry ‘electronic profiling’. The frog will never get out of the well.

    • 45caliber


      They only want to electronically profile the people they are worried about – the citizens of this country – not the criminals. Criminals seldom bother them.

      • Katchaturian


  • http://None EE Roberts

    I say that if you’re “clean & doing nothing wrong,” stay on FaceBook. Otherwise, get the Hell Off It!


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