Police using social media to prevent crimes

POSTED: 06:55 PM CDT Jul 11, 2013    UPDATED: 07:00 PM CDT Jul 11, 2013 
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COLUMBIA, Mo. -

Columbia police say social media is a game changer in solving crimes nowadays.

For example, the video one man took of the downtown Columbia shooting last month not only prompted witnesses to come forward, it helped catch a suspect.

Capt. Jill Schlude says the Columbia Police Department uses social media to prevent crimes, solve crimes, and give criminal and traffic alerts.

She says CPD hopes to get a smartphone app that allows witnesses to send their videos and pictures anonymously to aid police in their investigation.

CPD also hopes to hire a person to handle their social media accounts and make sure every alert is immediately sent out to the public to keep them safe.