Facebook fans help Auburn Police solve crime, again

(Here’s the top of a story about how the social networking site Facebook helped Auburn, Maine, police make an arrest in a theft. I’m somewhat conflicted on this. On one hand, it is definitely great that the community was involved. We need to be more involved. But … I am somewhat uncomfortable. Will the next step be having neighbors spying on neighbors? I don’ know. – KM)

Submitted by Sun Journal on Fri, 01/08/2010 – 10:05

Staff Report

AUBURN, Maine — Their fans on the social networking site Facebook are being credited by the Auburn Police for helping the department solve another crime.

Fan tips made it possible to summons a theft suspect within 24 hours of the crime, Deputy Police Chief Jason Moen said in a prepared statement Friday.

“Facebook is a ‘force multiplier’ for us,” Moen said in a prepared statement. “It is turning out to be a valuable tool for law enforcement. Instead of knocking on one door at a time, our staff can reach out to our entire community – and beyond – to gather information that can help solve a crime.”

Here’s a link to the rest of the story.

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