Officers harness the power of social media Date published: 25th September 2015 3.46pm

Officers from Runcorn Local Policing Unit have been trialling a new method finding people who can ‘help them with enquiries’. . The team use #WantedWednesday on both Twitter and Facebook to send out images of ‘wanted people’ into the public domain to over 4,000 people.

Superintendent Bill Dutton said, “Social media is a very powerful tool that the police can harness. It enables us to get a variety of information out to a vast number of people, and gives them the opportunity to share it with their family and friends.

“With social media at the touch of most people’s fingertips it’s a powerful tool to spread a message far and wide in a short space of time. It has already proven invaluable in helping us to locate missing people, and it seems a logical step to use it to find people that we’d like to speak to, to help us further our enquiries”.

Chief Inspector Debbie Hooper from Runcorn Local Policing Unit said, “The trial so far seems to be going well. After issuing a number of images, one person has handed himself in and is helping us with our enquiries.

“I want to thank the community for the information and help they’ve provided so far, and would encourage people to continue looking out for our Wanted Wednesday images.”