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Social Networks Becoming Valuable To Police

March 20, 2012 by  

Social Networks Becoming Valuable To Police
PHOTOS.COM
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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