San Juan County, NM - The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is now using social media as a tool to catch criminals. A “Most Wanted” feature was recently added to the Sheriff’s Office website and Facebook page as a new tool for assisting in the apprehension of criminals.
When the Sheriff’s Office recently redesigned its website, www.sjcso.com, several new features were added. This month the Sheriff’s Office began putting suspects on the Most Wanted list.
San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Cordell Tanner provides the Public Information Office with the names of suspects to be added to the list. “The suspects on the list are people who could possibly be a danger or nuisance to the public, or else those the Sheriff’s Office is having a problem locating,” said Tanner.
The information about the suspect and his or her photo are posted onto the website and the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. After a suspect is captured or turns themselves in, the website will be updated with the word “arrested” across the suspect’s picture.
The list has increased the visibility of the Sheriff’s Office’s most wanted suspects. The first posted suspect on Facebook had a “total reach” of more than 9,800 people in less than 48 hours.*
After seeing the suspect’s information on Facebook, people reposted it and shared it with their friends. They also provided tips on the suspect. Calls and Facebook messages received are currently being investigated by detectives.
“I am glad people are excited about the Most Wanted list and want to help us to make San Juan County a safer place to live,” said Sheriff Ken Christesen. “I think this is a great tool and I appreciate all the help it has generated from the public.” Christesen cautioned the public, not to make contact or apprehend anyone on the list.
“They are suspects in a crime, the public should consider them dangerous and not approach them. Please call and let our deputies make contact with the suspect. Public safety is our primary concern.”
Other changes to the website include a link to the Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Watch and an email alerts section. Both of these allow citizens to sign up for free safety alerts about their neighborhood.
*Total reach” is Facebook’s calculation of the number of people who have viewed a particular post.