UK Police Create Facebook App For Sending In Tips

from the e-snitch dept

We’ve heard plenty of stories about police using social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook to catch criminals who brag about their crimes on these social networks, but Alimas points us to a story about how police in Manchester are going much further. They’ve created a whole Facebook application designed to let people submit information and (they hope) help the police solve crimes. The app has a running news feed of stories about crimes, sometimes with requests for help in getting tips or even identifying people in a surveillance cam video. While some people may think of it as an “e-snitch” program, it’s interesting to see the police go this far in trying to tap into a social network, and seems a lot more useful than just trolling social networks for dumb criminals. It’s nice to see the police realizing that part of a social network is the two-way communication aspect, rather than just monitoring what’s happening.

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