Joining the crowd: Union City police a Facebook friend

Joining the crowd: Union City police a Facebook friend

Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 9:18 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
The Union City Police Department wants to be your friend.
The local law enforcement agency has started a page on the popular social network Facebook.
The page is listed as “Union City, Tennessee, Police Department” and includes departmental news, updates on new safety laws, weather-related warnings and much more.
Union City Police Chief Joe Garner said the page has been active for about a week and is already getting roughly 86 views on a daily basis.
“It’s a good start and we expect it to grow,” he said.
Garner said so many people have personal Facebook pages now and he realized it was a good method to keep the public informed.
“Just about everybody you run into today has got a Facebook page and it seems, from looking at it and reviewing other departments, that it’s a good way to get information out,” he said.
For example, the police department typically re-ceives many calls inquiring about road conditions during inclement weather — and this information can now be posted on the department’s Facebook page for the community’s convenience.
In the future, police also hope to post information about people who have warrants or are wanted.
The Union City police Facebook page includes general information about the department being a nationally recognized leader in community policing and having received national and state awards for participation in National Night Out, highway safety and alarm management.
It also outlines the department’s mission “to provide the citizens of Union City with the highest quality of law enforcement services and skills in order to serve and protect the community.”
The nearby Fulton County (Ky.) Sheriff’s Department also has a Facebook page, listed on the social network site as “Fulton County KY Sheriff’s Office.”
The page gives key information about Fulton County Sheriff Bobby Hopper and his department — including a regular activity report — and also features information on any wanted suspects, safety issues, weather-related tips and new safety laws.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 1.25.11

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