O'Fallon, Mo. police to use social media in tracking down wanted suspects

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 5:51 PM

 (KMOV) – Police in O’Fallon, Mo., are turning to the internet to bust criminals with the help of area residents.

O’Fallon police are calling it “Wanted Wednesday” and on their official Facebook page, they post what people might call the “suspect of the week” which are people they have been searching for with outstanding warrants.

Among the notices on the department’s Facebook page about traffic, fraud alerts and employees of the month notices.

Jesse Charleville, 24, is wanted for resisting arrest and failure to comply with an officer. He also failed to appear in court.

The posting has the charges, last known address and bond information.

In the past, these were put on the city’s website but now they’re on Facebook.

“It’s just more eyeballs by putting on Facebook.  Exactly, a lot of individuals whether they check our police department site, but there are a lot of people on Facebook or other social media," said Diana Damke.

The O’Fallon Police Department is joining a growing number of departments that are turning to the public through social media and it’s often suspect information that they are putting out.

Digitaltrends.com said the top four topics tweeted by police departments are police activity update, traffic alerts, road conditions and current suspect updates.

Police are hoping the roughly 80,000 people who live and work in O’Fallon will be their eyes and ears for tracking down suspects.

One posting on Facebook criticized the department saying suspects weren’t the more hardcore criminals people might expect.

Damke said the suspects do have warrants out for them. One suspect was wanted for domestic abuse and a follow message said that was hardcore enough for them.

The posting also include a phone number for people to call if they have any information on the suspect police are looking for.

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