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LMPD using social media to update public, monitor crime

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Officer Carey Klain illustrates the uses of social media for LMPD. Officer Carey Klain illustrates the uses of social media for LMPD.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- LMPD is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, even Pinterest and a department spokesperson says each page has an individual purpose.

Officer Carey Klain does most of the social media posting for the Louisville Metro Police Department.

"It's such a great tool, and it's a great way to get information out there," said Ofc. Klain.

Klain says the department uses social media for everything from recruiting and community events to crime prevention and information gathering. She says monitoring all four pages is time consuming but can be very helpful.

"There's just so much that can be done with it and we're still just reaching into that and learning about what all we can do," she said.

With it changing and evolving each day, Klain said they have to be observant so the department can get the most out of each post.

"We try to watch when people are most active," Klain said. "There's just so much research and tactics that go into social media because we want to reach the people it's going to mean the most to and reach the people who may find that topic of interest."

LMPD also has staff analyzing social media in real time and a new Real Time Crime Center will launch in a few weeks.

"The point of the unit is to increase public safety, increase officer safety through information gathering and research," said Jennifer Corum, Director of LMPD's Real Time Crime Center.

Corum couldn't talk specifics but says the center will provide a way to monitor information coming and and going that involves crime in the community.

"In an event that a robbery occurs, we can go to a camera that may be nearby and watch what's going on, see if we see any suspects that match the description or vehicles," she explained.

Klain wanted to make it clear that social media is not a substitute for the crime tip line.

She says the most efficient way to anonymously give a tip is to call 574-LMPD.

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