America’s Most Wanted is going social. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office has started a new site, Facecrook, in order to find and catch wanted criminals.
The Facecrook site features the photos, names, and last known locations of criminals wanted by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. Users can then send tips and information to the Sheriff’s Office.
The Associated Press reports that Facecrook features criminals wanted for everything from murder, to failure to pay child support. The charges, however, are not listed on the site.
Before entering the site, users have to agree not to use Facecrook to harass or intimidate. The site also asks users not to try to arrest any of the individuals themselves, but instead, to send information to the sheriff’s department.
Richard Moriarty, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, told NorthJersey.com:
“We make it clear on the site that we don’t want anyone to approach these people.”
Inspector Mickey Bradley, who is scheduled to speak about the new site at the Law Enforcement Technical Institute in Annapolis, Md. later this month, said that he believes Facecrook is the first site of its kind.
“We believe it’s going to lower our warrant count.”
Bradley said that all of the information on the site is public record, but Facecrook makes all of the information easy to see and use.
The website reads:
“The purpose of the Warrant Web Page is to promote public safety and welfare while providing community access to selected offender information, consistent with the spirit and intent of the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA).”
What do you think about Facecrook? Should more police departments use similar sites to find criminals?