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.