New York State Police will now use social media to find fugitives

Governor Andrew Cuo-mo announced Wednesday that the New York State Police will use social media to catch wanted individuals across the state.

State Police will launch “Warrant Wednesday” on the Division’s Facebook page asking for the public’s help to track down people who have arrest warrants.

New York State Police have implemented the new, statewide initiative. Each Wednesday, wanted posters will be added to the NYSP Facebook page featuring posters of wanted persons with arrest or bench warrants from across New York State. Previous wanted postings on the State Police Facebook page, and the public’s assistance, have led to the identification and arrest of several individuals.

Each “Warrant Wednes-day” posting will include a poster of a wanted individual contributed by State Police Troops across the state. Each poster will include a photo, information about the subject, what they are wanted for, and a contact number for the appropriate State Police station. This will appear as a “photo album” on the State Police Facebook page and distributed via the #WarrantWednesday hashtag on Twitter.

The State Police needs the public’s assistance in this initiative and to help locate these wanted persons. The public is also encouraged to look at, share the postings each week. It is important that anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the individuals not take any police action themselves and instead contact State Police. The public should not post tips directly on the Facebook page, but instead use the phone numbers included in each poster to call.

To view “Warrant Wed-nesday” postings, you do not need a Facebook account. You can see the postings by visiting the New York State Police Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nyspolice. If you have an account, State Police invite you to “Like” the Division’s page.

Postings will also be shared on the New York State Police Twitter page at www.twitter.com/@nyspolice.