AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - For the last year and a half, Amherst Police have utilized Facebook as a tool for catching criminals.
They post photos and videos of suspects caught on camera while News 4 reports the crimes committed, informing viewers for their help.
It started as an idea to reach out to the community in a positive way as social media sites continue to grow.
The Amherst Police Department has since added a Twitter account and put it to good use this weekend. Followers of their account, @amherstpoliceny, were able to see what a typical day for an Amherst Police Officer is like this Saturday.
Officer Craig Johnson from the Amherst Police Department said, "As we answer calls, we're basically tweeting out what we're doing, the type of call we're going to [and] what the outcome was. We're attaching photographs so our followers can see what's going on as well."
Officer Johnson works a lot with social media for the department. He says so far this year, Amherst has already been able to close 50% of the cases they've posted on Facebook.
RELATED | With the help of Facebook and a message posted on the department's page, News 4 viewers were able to help police find a suspect involved in a grocery story robbery.
It's a successful rate that wouldn't be made possible without help from the public.
Many times, they are small crimes that officers wouldn't be able to spend as much time on. But social media gives them a chance to solve more of those crimes
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