Belton: Police receive award for use of social media

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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The Belton Police Department has received a state award for best use of social media.

The Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers presented the award for Best Use of Social Media on June 7.

The campaign that won the award was the result of an incident in September 2017 in which a Belton officer placed a department flyer on an unlocked car, reminding the owner to lock the doors.

The car and several others nearby that were also left unlocked were later burglarized and the woman posted a photo on Facebook of the inside of her vehicle next to the Belton police flyer with words over the picture that read, “Well someone broke into my car…and that someone left me this,” referring to the flyer and the officer who left it.

The post was picked up by a blog and went viral, and Belton police Chief Gene Ellis stepped up to defend the officer.

What resulted was a police Facebook post that told the story of what actually happened that sent an important message.

“Hide your belongings, take them inside, lock your cars and you won't be burglarized. The award is a manifestation that in one incident we did a job well done,” Belton Public Information Officer Paul Romer said.