"I wanted to tell you how happy I am with our website and Facebook interface. We had 2 men escape from our jail on the night of July 4th.
I came into the office and pulled information and photos for a quick press
release for the media, alert subscribers, and followers on Facebook and
quickly shared the same. I was then on the street with the many other
troopers, police, and deputy sheriffs in actively searching for these two
men. Literally within minutes of sending this information out it was being
shared all over the social media, text messages, email, and telephone
calls. I am willing to bet a majority of the 8,500 people in Chillicothe
knew what was up and we received numerous calls and tips on sightings and other information. Within about 3 hours we had one fugitive in custody due to these tips.
Everywhere we went people were commenting on our website and how impressed they were to get information and were happy to be involved!
I updated information to the media, alert subscribers, and Facebook with
the latest information as it poured in and I spent most of the 5th in Linn
County as their community was busy calling in tips to their law enforcement and even to our office. This evening we caught the second fugitive and for being a career criminal (over 25 felony convictions) he even commented on how it was like everyone but a few trusted friends were after him. The man said he had not eaten since he escaped, he was literally on the run, he was almost sick from dehydration, and if he had a phone he would have called and turned himself in as his few friends kept telling him everyone knows and to get away from them!
We have seen a huge number of people sign up for alerts and like us on
Facebook. I am anxious to see the webstat numbers tomorrow for all of July 5th, as the first part of the tally for today was 2,631 viewers to our
website; which is by far the largest in one day since we started.
Every Sheriff should have and use your service."
Livingston County, Missouri
P.S. "I am serious, this has been overwhelming in positive response, way more than I could have imagined."
"I really wish we had done this website several years ago.
You have a great tool that many other sheriffs should take advantage of."
Steve Cox, Sheriff
Livingston County, Missouri
"In less than 48 hours of posting a Most Wanted and Dangerous Fugitive to our website and forwarded to our Facebook page, we have had 10,004 views on our Facebook page alone. The website views have also been amazing! The media and citizens have reported appreciating the Special Alerts notification.
Dispatch and our office has received many calls about this guy and we are also getting information from agencies in other counties from them receiving tips from citizens.
One of our County Commissioners was flabbergasted on the volume of Internet traffic and views this has generated.
Very impressive results for a small 3rd class county in Missouri.
Thank you again BJM for all the help and support you continue to provide my office after the sale. There is no dollar amount that can be put on the value of your service and help to our community."