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State Police To Begin "#WarrantWednesdays"

New York State Police are hoping to use social media to find people wanted for crimes.
New York State Police are hoping to use social media to find people wanted for crimes. 

Think about how much time you spend on Facebook.

"It depends. Sometimes there's not a whole lot of positive stuff up, so I shy away from it but maybe like a half hour or 45 minutes," Michael Lanze said.

"Way too much; every lunch break [I'm] checking Facebook, every 15 minute break checking Facebook way too much," Khandie Jones said.

The same is true with Twitter.

"A lot. It's addictive," Alexandrea Palmer said.

You are not alone. A report done by Business Insider shows Americans spend 37 minutes using social media every day. That time adds up. Facebook captures 114 billion minutes of users' attention every month. People spend 5.3 billion minutes tweeting monthly. The sites are gold mines for information.

"Things have certainly changed going all the way back to the days of the wanted poster being in a central gathering place back in the 1800s," Roberts Communications worker Gregg Dinino said.

New York State Police are hoping to catch alleged criminals with their Warrant Wednesdays initiative. They are posting pictures of people with outstanding arrest and bench warrants to Facebook, hoping you will share them with your friends. They are doing the same thing on Twitter using the hashtag "#warrantwednesdays." It has already been successful, leading to the arrests of several individuals. Experts say the initiative reflects how social media is changing the world we live in. 

"What you're seeing is this transformation with digital, and in this instance social media; and I think the New York State Police with what they're doing by using Wanted Wednesdays and taking advantage of Facebook is just an evolution of going to where your audience is," Dinino said.

With nearly 30,000 followers on Facebook and thousands more on Twitter, State Police hope social media will help make our community safer. 

Check out the State Police on Facebook and Twitter (@nyspolice). 

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