Social Media is No Place to Report Crime

In days gone by, the only way to call the police to report a crime was to use the telephone. This involved calls coming into a call box where a police officer was stationed. With the advent of radios, the police could be dispatched to a call from a vehicle or while walking a beat. They no longer had to hang around the call box. Then 9-1-1 revolutionized the emergency call by bringing caller information into the equation. Now, social media has provided another avenue to report crime to the police.

Unfortunately, social media is not really a good place for a citizen to report a crime. Social media is a great communication tool and certainly facilitates many conversations and interactions with the police. However, the reporting of crime via social media is not one of the conversations that should occur. Instead, citizens should always call 9-1-1 to report a crime.

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Current #LESM News

  • Report: Rep. Joe Barton threatened ex-lover with police 23 Nov 2017 04:58 AP News / Indystar DALLAS (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Joe Barton told a woman that he would complain to U.S. Capitol Police if sexually explicit photographs of him and other material from their relationship were to be exposed publicly, according to a published report. The Washington …
  • Rep. Joe Barton threatened ex-lover with police 23 Nov 2017 04:56 The Fresno Bee U.S. Rep. Joe Barton told a woman that he would complain to U.S. Capitol Police if sexually explicit photographs of him and other material from their relationship were to be exposed publicly, according to a published report. The Washington Post reported …
  • Twitter's egalitarian ethos is out of step with the real world 23 Nov 2017 04:50 The Sydney Morning Herald This month, Twitter did something radical: The social network famous for its 140-character limit doubled it to 280. Weirdly, the world didn't end. There was some whining from old-timers, which quickly died out. Mostly, everything was OK. Some might …
  • The Latest: Report: Barton said he'd go to police over photo 23 Nov 2017 04:45 Myrtle Beach Sun News The Latest on U.S. Rep. Joe Barton's response to a nude photograph of him circulated on social media (all times local): 10:15 p.m. A published report says U.S. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas told a woman to whom he had sent sexually explicit photos, videos …
  • Report: Barton said he'd go to police over photo 23 Nov 2017 04:41 The Herald The Latest on U.S. Rep. Joe Barton's response to a nude photograph of him circulated on social media (all times local): 10:15 p.m. A published report says U.S. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas told a woman to whom he had sent sexually explicit photos, videos …

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