Pinning Down Suspects

Nov 19 2012 @ 5:07pm

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Law enforcement is starting to harness a new force in social media:

A few months ago, we told you about the Pinterest page set up by the Pottstown Police Department, where they uploaded (or pinned, or whatever) pictures of wanted criminals. As a result, arrests in Pottstown were up 58 percent.

Now, following Pottstown’s lead, the Philadelphia Police Department has set up their own Pinterest page, though it is still in the early stages. Over on their "board" you can see images of robbery suspects, wanted criminals, smiling policemen with their dogs, and Charles Ramsey looking like he’s trying to figure out how his Blackberry works. Some pictures are more important than others.

(Above screenshot is from the Philly page)