Applaud Police Department for Using Social Networks to Catch Criminals

Target: Cincinnati Police Chief, James E. Craig

Goal: Show appreciation to the Cincinnati police department for their use of social networks to catch criminals

In today’s society, social networking is an integral part of how we send and receive information. Everyone seems to have a Facebook, a Twitter, an Instagram, or at least one type of social networking account. While social networks allow people to keep in touch with their friends and families, they also help law enforcement find incriminating evidence and put criminals behind bars. For example, the Cincinnati Police Department has made a great deal of progress with the use of social networks. Commend the city’s police for their use of technology to crack down on crime.

Surprisingly, many gang members cannot resist bragging about their crimes. While it seems unwise to post details about drug deals or violent crimes on Facebook, bragging about their crimes is what makes gang members feel empowered and respected by their peers. This “show-off” mindset makes it easy for law enforcement to find details about crimes.

In 2008, the Cincinnati Police Department dismantled a prominent gang by arresting 71 of its members who posted incriminating details of their crimes on social networks. They were able to create a database with information from social networks and use this to discover connections between gang members. Often, even if a criminal’s profile is private, they can see comments that this person posted on his or her friends’ profiles. This dedicated and surprisingly simple method of finding information is helping put more dangerous criminals behind bars. Applaud the Cincinnati Police Department for utilizing social networks to catch criminals.


Dear James E. Craig,

In today’s society, social networking is extremely prominent in the transferring of information. It is how friends keep in touch, how distant family members communicate, and now, how dangerous criminals are caught. It is known that your police force has utilized social networks to catch criminals. It is comforting to know that law enforcement is keeping up with technological advances in order to keep their cities safe. I just wanted to show my appreciation for your use of social networks in order to promote safety.

One benefit of using social networking is that criminals often like to brag about their crimes. Status and respect are so important in the world of gangs that gang members often want to prove that they have committed certain crimes. This leads them to post incriminating statuses and photos. By taking advantage of this “gang mentality”, police officers are easily able to spot statuses and photos bragging about crimes. Again, thank you for being so efficient and for using modern technology to keep Cincinnati safe.


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