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Wilmer Police Department utilizing social networking

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The Ellis County Press

WILMER – Utilizing social networking sites to bring residents closer to their local officials is sprouting up all across the county.

Despite the recent controversy surrounding Ellis County Sheriff Office employees posting on their personal pages pictures of them in lewd and unethical situations according to the employee handbook, the Wilmer Police department however, is taking the use of Myspace, Facebook and Twitter to the next level.

"In this day and age, a lot of people’s primary source of information is the Internet, not newspapers or magazines, this is a way for us to reach them with what we’re doing and what we need help with, it’s another tool to communicate with our community," said acting Interim Chief Victor Kemp.

Rather than publicizing Friday night shindigs or sharing vacation photos, the department will use the sites to distribute information and take in feedback in hopes of preventing crimes through education and communicating with its residents, organizations and businesses.

"With Twitter we are able to post information in the event of a missing child for example, within minutes in some situations," said Kemp.

The department also has an email address dedicated to "tips" and assures all information will remain anonymous. Email wilmerpolice1@ yahoo.com

For information about recent crimes, crime prevention tips, public service announcements and current news releases be sure to follow along on Twitter by going to Twitter.com and search for username wilmerpolice1.

Facebook, search Wilmer PD and on Myspace.com , become a friend by adding myspace.com/wilmerpolice1.

Wilmer police urges all, if you see it, say it. Report all suspicious activity to law enforcement.

According to the city, the sites are just in the beginning stages and will grow with posts, pictures and information over time.

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