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Posted on: September 21, 2015

[ARCHIVED] City’s Police Department utilizing social media as a new crime fighting tool

On September 15, 2015 around 11:51 AM, officers responded to a report of a private property accident at 410 Hazelwood St, Carl’s Beverage. According to witnesses, a white male subject driving an older model Honda CRV, backed from a parking space and struck the gas pumps, disabling all four of them. We are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect driver and/or the vehicle. If you have information on the Hazelwood hit and run please e-mail bcarter@bristoltn.org or tips@bristoltn.org or call the BTPD’s TIPS line at 423-764-TIPS.
This report has been posted on the City’s Facebook page and its other social media platforms.
Bristol Tennessee’s Police Department had a reported break-in last week in the Holston Avenue area. The report was posted on the city’s Facebook page and within one hour over 1,500 people had been reached and currently has reached over 51,000 people. This story highlights the power of social media. “So often social media is called a distractor, but in this case it proved to be great in pushing out the words of invitation for our community to assist in finding two persons of interest the Police Department had images of from the area where the break-in occurred,” said Terrie Talbert, Director of Community Relations for the city. “Love it or hate it, social media is how a lot of people communicate, so we might as well embrace it and use it to our advantage.”
“The BTPD will use social media as another tool in our tool box in solving crimes. Posting pictures of the two persons of interest last week created an onslaught of tips with the first two calls to our TIPS line identifying the gentlemen we wanted to talk with,” said Chief Blaine Wade. “It was great seeing our community so proactive.”
Go to the city’s Facebook page and watch for other Police Department postings.

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