Advocate editorial board opinion: There's more than one way to fight crime

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Sept. 21, 2010 at 4:21 a.m.

Networking sites have become extremely popular over the past couple of years, and one of the most preferred sites is Facebook.

So these various networking sites presented a perfect situation for the Victoria Police Department. Police Chief Bruce Ure, on Sept. 14, moved to create a Facebook page for the department to capitalize on this networking site.

We praise Ure for his foresight. We think that utilizing Facebook can indeed help fight crime. Networking certainly has helped the media learn of happenings in the news. Why not involve the citizenry to help fight crime with the Victoria Police Department.

And Ure said he also wants to use the site to warn residents of any emergencies that come up that could affect them.

Communication with residents is a prime purpose of the site. The community will appreciate the technical outreach effort, especially the real-time postings of latest weather and traffic. And it will become educated about how to help law enforcement do its job.

Ure said, "In order for us to chisel away at crime, we have to have the public's help."

We agree. When you network with the public, you leave the door open to receive more information.

Again, we applaud Ure and his department for forward thinking. The more we can do to fight crime, the better off all of us will be.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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