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As part of the Boynton Beach Police Department's ongoing effort to educate and inform the public, the Office of Media Relations has taken the police force global through the world of Social Media.

The BBPD was the first police department in Palm Beach County to launch a profile on the social networking site MySpace in September 2007. In April 2008, the BBPD became the first law enforcement agency in the state of Florida to create a Facebook fan page. There, you can read press releases prepared by the Office of Media Relations, crime alerts about suspects, learn crime prevention tips, watch videos and see photographs of wanted subjects, and save the date for upcoming special events.

@BBPD is our Twitter handle. There we let everyone know what's up at the BBPD in real time. If we're on the scene of a serious car crash and the road is going to be closed for several hours, we post it on Twitter from the scene and update it accordingly. We can also use Twitter to spread the word about a missing person, asking our followers to "retweet" our tweet and pass along the photo too.

On YouTube, we showcase dramatic video from our police cars, highlight our appearances on national television and attract the younger generation, who often assist in crime solving but may not the watch the local news.

There is no cost for any of these sites, which are vital tools for the Office of Media Relations. The sites regularly assist in getting our message and important information to the public in an accurate and timely manner. 

We have already exposed thousands of Internet users to the BBPD's core tenets of diversity, integrity, stewardship and creativity. And we intend to continue exploring the Internet highway for ways to showcase our commitment to keeping the Boynton Beach community informed about matters relating to their safety.