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Ohio Cops Use Social Media to Fight Crime

GROVE CITY (Terri Sullivan/Kate Liebers) -- Several law enforcement departments in central Ohio have discovered that social media can be a powerful tool to fight crime.

Since 2012, Grove City police said they have used Facebook and Twitter to share safety information, public service announcements and crime alerts. The captain said he has also received tips through these communication tools that have helped crack a case.

"We had a number of thefts. One was from a car wash and the individual had a very specific shirt he was wearing. As soon as we put it out, within five minutes we had three tips with the same name and we were able to track down that individual and solve that particular crime," Grove City Capt. Jeff Pearson said.

Pearson said the quick communication platforms were especially helpful when a man went on a shooting rampage in November, killing a 9-year-old boy and injuring a woman.

"We were able to put out information about the suspect and we were able to get information about the whereabouts of the suspect -- and also inform the community as to what was going on so they could avoid the area," Pearson said.

Search Facebook and Twitter for your local police department or county sheriff's office and "like" their pages to get updates.

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