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Facebook, Twitter added to Oregon PD site
“A lot of people follow Twitter on their cell phones so we wanted to try it out,” said Detective/Sgt. Tim Zale. “We can now correspond and interact with the public in real time.”
One post by the department last week on Facebook informed readers police had arrested a suspect in an attempted burglary in the Sylvandale area.
After a resident of Eastmoreland Drive near Sylvandale asked for more details, the police posted the suspect was from out of the area and appears to be mentally unstable.
“It seems to be an isolated incident and thanks to quick thinking from watchful neighbors, the person was taken into custody,” the police post says. “
Another post warns readers to not leave items in parked cars because the area has been hit by a rash of vehicle break-ins.
Followers of the Facebook page were able to identify two persons in a photo who were suspects in a case involving a credit card found in a lost wallet. The two were attempting to use the card at several locations in the city
Road closures and other tips are also being posted and more videos will be used in the future, Sgt. Zale said.
“We wanted to increase the demographics we reach,” he said. “The public wants to know what’s going on in their community with respect to what we’re doing. We’re trying to get to the point where we can publish crime trends and the public can know about it.”
A special meeting was held July 30. Others are scheduled for Aug. 6, 13, and 27 in the middle school library.
The meetings start at 7 a.m.
The regular August meeting will be held Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at the middle school.
Repairs to the roofs of the middle and elementary schools have started and removal of debris from the high school is also underway.