Nichole Hannahs

Zanesville Police Join Facebook

by Nichole Hannahs on June 6, 2013 at 7:00 am

Zanesville Police find a new way to track down criminals.

Sunday, the department launched its Facebook page. The idea came from the Medina Police Department, who use the popular social networking site to help them serve warrants.

After using the site, Medina saw a 30 percent increase in the number of warrants they were able to serve. In Zanesville, there are several hundred warrants unserved.

"For the most part a lot of people who have unpaid fines or are trying to avoid us are fairly transient," said Lieutenant Bill Shaw. "They really don’t live in any particular place for very long or they may give an old address that’s false to us. But, until we get the warrant to go out and try and serve it we don’t know that they’ve given us false information."

Already the page seems to be positive. One of those featured on the site has already turned themselves over to authorities. The page is also a way to connect the department to the community.

"People seem to see police officers as only a guy out in the car," explained Shaw. "They don’t have any real connection with them and if through social media we can maybe get out there what it is we do and some of the things we are trying to accomplish and get help from the public, anything would be appreciated."

There are also plans to use the page to post crime prevention tips and scam alerts.