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Erie Police Launch Facebook Page

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The Erie police department has expanded its use of social media.
They're now using Facebook to help solve crime, and apparently, it's already working.

Just days ago, Erie police launched its new Facebook page.
Already, it's got more than 1,200 likes.
So far, police have posted a picture of a wanted suspect.
They've also released surveillance video pictures of suspects wanted for various crimes.
It's all in hopes to get tips, by reaching out to thousands of people thorough social media.
Apparently, Erie police have already gotten some tips from Facebook.

We caught up with Gannon University's social media expert who tells us this will likely help police in a big way.

"Social media is where people, particularly younger people go for information, for news, for communication with friends and family," said Zach Flock, Assistant Director of E-Marketing at Gannon. "So for law enforcement to get a jump on the social media bandwagon, I think it makes a lot of sense. That's where people look for news and information anyway,  so it makes sense that that would be their outlet," Flock added.

And police are expecting their Facebook followers to "share" some of their information. If police post surveillance photos of a robbery, and it's shared by hundreds of people, that picture gets a lot of exposure.

"Every time somebody likes or shares a comment, or information that's been put out there by the police department, then more and more people will see that," said Flock. "So it really is about going viral. The stories that are more popular are going to get more likes, more engagement, and more people will see them," Flock added.

Erie's police chief and the mayor are expected to talk more about the new Facebook page Friday morning.

To find the page on Facebook just go to

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