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Flint Police demo new social media sites and crime mapping system

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(04/02/14) - Connecting with the Flint Police Department has never been easier.

The department demonstrated its new social media tools and crime mapping system, Wednesday.

Its social media sites launched Monday morning. There's Twitter, Facebook and even a blog. The city's new crime mapping website went live Tuesday night.

"The goal is to reach as many people as we possibly can," said Flint Police Captain T.P. Johnson.

They're off to a really good start.

Johnson said well over 1,400 people "liked" the department's Facebook page before it was even officially introduced to the public.

He said the interaction has already helped officers identify a person of interest in an armed robbery, Monday. A picture was posted on the page. Johnson declined to comment further on the case.

Twitter is taking off too, but Flint Spokesman Jason Lorenz said the blog is probably the easiest way to connect to all the new tools. It will link you to each one.

"You can use your smartphone. You can use your ipad, your home computer," said Johnson.

You can even visit the Flint Public Library. There are plenty of computers to use there. The library is police partner. Staff is ready to teach anyone who needs help.

Robert Poole is active in his neighborhood association and volunteers at a police mini-station. He was at the library, Wednesday, checking out the crime mapping system.

"If you have any computer skills at all you can easily navigate through it," Poole said.

Blue Badge Volunteer Robert Knox was clicking around on the different pages too.

"It allows you to see where the crime is happening, when they're happening. See how close they are to areas you're interested in," Knox said.

You can zoom in on a specific spot, though exact addresses are not listed, and view up to 15 types of crime.

The stats are updated daily using reports entered by officers. They don't have to do anything different.

The information stays active for six months.

In a Facebook post, Flint Police Chief James Tolbert said, "By using these pages you will have virtual access to your Police Department, learn about the latest and greatest in police work and help us to address the issues in your community. We need your input and involvement to bring about solutions that will improve the quality of life for all of us, because together we will become an unbeatable team."

For the Flint Police Department's Facebook page, click HERE.

For the Flint Police Department's Twitter page, click HERE.

For the Flint Police Department's blog, click HERE.

For the Flint Police Department's crime mapping tool, click HERE.




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