By MIRANDA ORSO
---- — ALBANY — Internet users can now get updates from New York State Police from both Facebook and Twitter.
State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said the department finally moved into the 21st century and will use social media, for valuable reasons.
“Facebook and Twitter give us a chance to directly communicate and interact with the people we serve across New York state,” he said in a statement.
“Not only will we be able to get important public-safety information out quickly, but New Yorkers will also get to know more about the work our troopers do in their communities.”
The decision to create the accounts followed much discussion within the department as to how social media would be used and addressed a need to essentially get with the times, according to State Police Director of Public Information Darcy Wells.
“(Supt. D’Amico) recognizes the important role social media plays in all of our lives and had initiated discussions about creating a Facebook page and Twitter account long before we went public with them,” she said in an email.
“We did extensive research with other law-enforcement agencies and organizations to determine what was most successful.”
Through these official accounts, the public can learn more about State Police, its specialty units and other members. The department said it will use the pages to post important information relating to arrests, road closures and traffic-safety tips.
“Facebook has proven to be an important tool for law-enforcement agencies. We look forward to using our page as one more way to communicate with the public on issues of safety and for additional help solving crime,” Wells added.
The department said users should make sure they sign up at the official page of the New York State Police, while on both Facebook and Twittter due to a number of different police interest groups throughout social media.
Both accounts are live and can be found online at www.facebook.com/nyspolice or via Twitter @nyspolice.
For further information, visit www.troopers.ny.gov.