Departments aims to share information through social media
Do you want to know if you live around the corner from a public nuisance property? Do you want to participate in the Corvallis Police Department’s citizen academy? Have you heard that studded tire season ended March 31?
The Corvallis Police Department is using its newly launched Facebook page to share information such as upcoming events, relevant public safety issues, recent crimes and persistent nuisance properties as part of its push to share information through social media, Capt. Dave Henslee said.
Henslee has taken the lead on expanding the department’s social media communication, not only through Facebook, but through increasing Twitter posts and using the “MyPD” application.
“The overarching goal is to provide the community with another mechanism to learn more about the department and to provide information using the same type of format that people are using to communicate,” Henslee said.
The MyPD app can be downloaded for free on smartphones and other mobile devices. It contains contact information, forms to provide feedback and crime tips, and information from the National Weather Service and the National Terror Advisory System. It also provides links about crime report, sex offenders and fugitives.
Through a Facebook or Twitter post, police can get a message out to the public instantly, such as warning about a dangerous person at large or asking for help in identifying a suspect, Henslee said.
The Facebook page has an additional purpose. It contains more than 100 photos of employees at work, training or volunteering.
“I think this is a great mechanism for people to see who we are, what we do, and get an inside glimpse into the men and women who make up the Police Department,” Henslee said.
Henslee emphasized that Facebook and the MyPD app are not intended as mechanisms to report crimes. For emergencies, dial 911. To file a report in a nonemergency situation, call 541-766-6911 or log onto the department’s website at www.corvallisoregon.gov.
To “Like” the Corvallis Police Department on Facebook, users can search “City of Corvallis Police Department.” To download MyPD, users can go through the Facebook page or search “My Police Department” in the iPhone or Android marketplace. Once downloaded, navigate to the City of Corvallis Police.