Constable Kristyn Adamson displays a smartphone and large screengrab of Dunedin police's new crime-fighting tool, their Facebook page. Photo by Christina Linnell.
Just a week on the job and the Dunedin police Facebook page
may have achieved its first success.
Since its launch last week, the page featured three mugshots
of people wanted for arrest and a video of a man who
allegedly stole magazines from a Mosgiel dairy.
Several days later a man turned himself into police and has
since been charged with theft.
Senior Sergeant Mark Crawford said similar pages had been
used successfully by police around New Zealand, including
Queenstown, prompting the formation of a Dunedin-based social
''We have been thinking about ways of engaging with the
community as a whole, but really looking at that 18-24 age
''It is an opportunity that has been utilised effectively in
Snr Sgt Crawford said the page, which was liked by almost
1000 people last night, allowed police to be interactive with
their audience, and share information, such as crime trends,
while highlighting offenders wanted by police.
The team was also investigating how it could use other forms
of social media, such as Twitter. The site was moderated by
the team. Snr Sgt Crawford said the site was not for posting
official reports to police, with the public encouraged to
call (03) 471-4800, or the anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off
line 0800 555-111.