Copperas Cove: Social media help police catch most-wanted criminals

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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) The Copperas Cove Police Department has started a social media campaign to help catch the department’s most-wanted suspects.

(Copperas Cove Police Department )

Last month the department posted a most-wanted list of three suspects on Facebook and Twitter and was able to make an arrest within 24 hours.

The list included people wanted for murder, burglary and long outstanding warrants.

Police say social media push has helped them make four felony arrest in less than a month.

The department has a social media team that works hard to respond to messages and tips.

They have also made progress through a website called Next Door Page.

Sgt. Kevin Miller says a lot of things play a role in their recent success and they hope it will continue.

"Some of it is good police work, luck and the public support in giving us tips," Sgt. Miller said.

He says there are only 53 sworn officers at the police department.

"We have 32,000 citizens so there are a lot more eyes out there and if we have their help we can be a lot more effective."

The department has also started a Cove watch program with almost 1,000 participants.

The program helps police send out text messages and alerts to keep residents s informed about crime happening in their neighborhoods.

It also includes a video surveillance partnership program with residential and business surveillance cameras to help them identify criminals and criminal activities.

The department says it will continue to put out their most-wanted list.