Beloit Police Department increasing social media presence after successfully catching suspects

Beloit Police Department increasing social media presence after successfully catching suspects

The Beloit Police Department announced it will add more content to its social media pages after recent success in using Facebook to locate suspects.

Police asked for help this week in locating a suspect in a retail theft from Jan. 15 at the Walgreens on Prairie Avenue.

Lt. John Kaltenbrun said an officer uploaded a picture of the woman, and less than 12 hours later, a suspect was in custody.

“We look at ourselves as working hand and hand with the citizens. They need us to help give them protection but we need them also to give us the information so we can help protect them and help make this a safe city,” Kaltenbrun said.

He said the department uses Facebook to help locate suspects, post recent arrests and highlight positive stories in the community.

Good morning Beloit. We wanted to say thank you for the tips we got for our Retail Theft report we posted yesterday. …

Posted by City of Beloit Police Department on Thursday, January 25, 2018

Officers plan to post even more content in the future.

Sarah Millard, strategic communications director for the city of Beloit, said future plans for social media include profiles on police officers, updated videos and even virtual ride-alongs.

“I would ride along with the officer and whether it’s through Twitter and sending out messages asking people to send questions, or I can ask the officer what they do and explain different parts of what it’s like to be a police officer on the road,” Millard said.

In a Facebook post thanking the community for helping identify the retail theft suspect, police asked for suggestions on things people want to see on their page. Some suggestions so far include an ordinance of the day and humorous stories from officers.

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