FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 20, 2014
For more information contact:
Name: Darin Gale
Phone: (530) 822-4762
CITY OF YUBA CITY FACEBOOK POST HELPS CATCH TWO SUSPECTED CRIMINALS
Police Department embraces social media as additional tool
for communication, crime-solving
The City of Yuba City and the Yuba City Police Department are grateful for the public’s quick response to a request to help catch two people suspected of stealing merchandise from a local business. After two people allegedly stole clothing items valued at more than $600 from the Yuba City Kohl’s, the Police Department posted security camera pictures of the suspects online today to ask for help in identifying them. Within 30 minutes, Police received an anonymous tip stemming from the Facebook post and the suspects were arrested.
“As both an investigative and public awareness tool, social media is a wonderful resource for us to address problems quickly and effectively,” said Police Chief Rob Landon. “We are thankful to our citizens who partner with us to solve crimes and protect our community,”
Chief Landon noted this is not the first time residents have help catch suspected criminals. Prior Police Department efforts to share details of crimes and photos of suspects with local media often have been successful, and he hopes that broadening that effort to other platforms will continue to achieve additional positive outcomes.
Mayor Kash Gill also applauded the collaborative effort between citizens and the Police Department. He noted that one of his priorities for 2014 is to use all forms of social media to have conversations with residents of Yuba City and the greater Yuba-Sutter region.
“We’ve embraced Facebook, Twitter and other social media as wonderful tools to interact with our citizens, provide an open and responsive local government, and establish greater transparency at City Hall,” Mayor Gill said. “We appreciate citizen engagement, and while we most often will use those platforms in other ways, it’s fantastic to also have them as a resource for crime-solving.”
Last published: February 24, 2014 2:43 pm