July 18, 2007
Check MySpace.com for intel
Officer Larrick Winslow, Ferndale (WA) PD
Me and a department buddy always check www.MySpace.com for local intel. You will find all sorts of things on their pages, such as upcoming MIP parties, etc, but more importantly, you can gather information on felonious activity. We recently gathered intel on who is claiming gang affiliation.
On the street, we'd noticed several that several familiar youths had begun wearing red. We checked on Myspace.com and, sure enough — these same individuals were claiming Bloods, and most were holding weapons such as sawed-off long guns!
They have also made the mistake of making statements on their pages in regards to shooting rivals as well as law enforcement. This could all be bravado, but now we can use this information to treat them as possible armed suspects during our encounters.