PUTNAMVILLE -- The Indiana State police has joined the ranks of public and government organizations utilizing social networking services to provide information to the media and public.
Recently, ISP announced the official launch of its Facebook and Twitter social network sites.
The Facebook site is Indiana State Police -- Public Information Office. The Twitter site is http://twitter.com/Indstatepolice.
The Facebook page will have a variety of information to include recent news releases, videos, pictures and other information about programs and services offered by ISP. Facebook users may choose to become a "fan" of the ISP and receive updates as they are posted.
The ISP Twitter site will offer followers up-to-the-minute information about selected traffic events or criminal investigations that could affect safety. Twitter example posts may include crime alerts, suspect descriptions, road closings and more.
The use of social networking by the Indiana State Police gives all interested businesses and residents another avenue to get real-time public safety information in addition to regular news sources of television, print and radio.
"We, as a public service agency, are keenly aware of the public's desire to be informed about their surroundings, especially when it pertains to public safety," ISP Supt. Paul Whitesell said. "Use of social networking is one more way the Indiana State Police can reach out to the public we serve."