POSTED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 6:12pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 2:47pm
Tyler, TX — Social Media is huge advantage for law enforcement.
Police are depending on more an more people to get in touch with them and give them clues into cases which they are investigating.
Don Martin, Public Information Officer with Tyler Police tell KETK, " In the old age you have eye witnesses."
We live in a virtual world today. Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms are used to capture photos and now crimes.
Law Enforcement is looking at social media as a tool, why create a sketch when you can send a photo?
"Today's world is totally different, with all the social media and all the cell phones and everything that's out there you're taking pictures of everything...taking videos of everything," says Don Martin.
Don Martin with Tyler Police says, instead of reporting by memory, people are reporting from social media, and people are helping law enforcement solve many cases.
"I actually just happened to be shooting video of something else and caught the crime in progress."
Chris Kraft, Social Media Expert and CEO of Splash Media tells KETK, people have become online volunteers, sort of like digital deputies.
"This responsibility that you have as a citizen if you would have normally picked up the phone to call in a tip or you see something that's suspicious now you just have this other channel."
Experts say, Law Enforcement are now looking at tools that can protect the identity of people sending in photos and videos.
"We use it everyday, we are monitoring what's out there in social media, Facebook , what's on Facebook... Who's making posts who's making threats."
Kraft says, with all the eyes and technology, it's a powerful tool.