SANATOGA PA – Facebook can be good for lots of things: connecting with friends and family, sharing messages over a distance, or reminiscing about photos old or new.
What the social media platform is usually unsuitable for, the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department issued a reminder Wednesday (Aug. 5, 2015), is getting fast law enforcement action on potentially suspicious or criminal activity.
The department said it recently received “several private messages” via Facebook from residents who reported concerns or problems. Some might have merited quick action, but that’s often not possible because the department noted it does not watch for Facebook messages around the clock. It lacks the manpower and resources, it indicated, that continuous monitoring requires.
Instead, the department – in its own status update – asked readers to avoid relying on Facebook for “any immediate police response … We encourage that if you see something, say something” by calling either 9-1-1 or the police local non-emergency phone number at 610-326-1508.
It should be easier and quicker, according to the department, to report issues in progress to that number and be assured of an appropriate response by on-duty patrol officers.
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