Birmingham police expand use of social media

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham Police Department is expanding its use of the internet and social media to fight crime and alert citizens.

The police department, in a statement Monday to FOX6 News, said its Citizen Observer website, www.CitizenObserver.com, has been improved with new ways for people to submit and receive information on crimes, community awareness and ongoing investigations.

In addition, the police department said it will also use Twitter and the Birmingham Police Department Facebook page to circulate information throughout the metro area, profile wanted felons and offer information on missing persons.

The police department said people will also be able to report anonymous crime tips through encrypted text messages to the Crime Stoppers Unit.

All of these new services are free.

To receive alerts from the Birmingham Police Department, visit www.CitizenObserver.com and choose the "sign up for alert" button.

Text tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by texting TIPBPD and your tip to TIP411 (847411) or by texting 7777 and your tip to CRIMES (274637.)

People can also sign up to follow the Birmingham Police Department on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BhamPolice

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