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Ridgeland Police Launch Facebook Page

The Ridgeland Police Department recently launched a Facebook page to provide an additional means of communicating with the citizens of Ridgeland. The public is invited to like the page which seeks to inform citizens about police department activities, alert citizens of traffic and crime-related issues, and interact with followers.The page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/RidgelandPoliceDepartment/?fref=ts.

“The nationwide trend for law enforcement agencies to utilize nontraditional methods for fighting crime and providing information to the public can be handled through Facebook,” said Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal. “As we researched the best practices for our page, the department organizers who spearheaded the project reached out to various law enforcement agencies around the nation to see what has been working for them. As we designed the page, it was important to push our image of being community-based and transparent.”

An important function of the page, according to its organizers, is combating crime since an exchange of information with the police department can take place through the page. “We are using our Facebook page as a tool in our crime-fighting efforts,” said Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal. ”It allows the community to provide information to us through a popular social media outlet. We encourage our residents that can, to provide assistance to us.”

Neal added, “We will make efforts to reach our citizens in a timely manner with events which affect the community and provide a broader sense of transparency within the department. Our followers will be made aware of incidents which affect their normal routines.” Thus, the Ridgeland Police Department will use Facebook to bring important and timely information to followers.

Facebook users may expect to see an assortment of posts, including officer recognition. “The good work being performed by the men and women of the Ridgeland Police Department deserves to be spotlighted,” said Neal.

Ridgeland Police aim to share a lighter side of the department with the public through Facebook. Neal said, “We will include a little humor to remind residents that the officers who are serving and protecting are normal people performing a difficult job.”

For users’ convenience, the Facebook page “About” section provides a directory of phone numbers within the police department. The Ridgeland Police Department reserves the right to delete comments for any reason. For more information about the Ridgeland Police Department Facebook page, call Chief John Neal at 601-856-2121.

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