Philly PD launches "Video Villains" to catch crooks via social media

Program aims to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others to generate case leads

By PoliceOne Staff

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Police Department is launching a new crime-fighting campaign called "Video Villains", a regularly-published Top 10 Most Wanted list of suspects-at-large who were caught on surveillance video while committing a crime that aims to use the power of social media for practical purposes.

Case updates such as apprehensions and new developments about these "Video Villains" will be sent out regularly through, Facebook and Twitter. According to the department, "Video Villains is a new way for communities to get involved in making Philadelphia a safer city in which to live, work and visit, while using today's top social networking applications."

Ten suspects will be selected from surveillance video archives for inclusion in the Video Villains list. Still images of the suspects, along with references and links to the original surveillance videos, will be posted on The Philadelphia Police Department's YouTube Page will have the full-length surveillance videos available for public viewing listed in a top ten playlist, and updates will be published regularly via, Facebook and Twitter.



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