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Milton Twp. Police Department on Facebook



Published: Fri, March 18, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.

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Lt. Jeffrey Lewis of the Milton Township Police Department created a Facebook account where he posts warrants, photos and information about cases.

By Elise Franco

efranco@vindy.com

LAKE MILTON

The Milton Township Police Department is using its Facebook page to help solve crimes, and it’s working.

Police Chief Michael Saltsman Sr. said the department recently began using the social networking site as a crime-solving tool.

Saltsman said at first, the page was mainly a source of information for residents on neighborhood happenings.

Now, however, friends of the department’s page — including residents, nonresidents and other law-enforcement officials — can see links to local news stories and information and photos of people recently arrested in the township, as well as those police need help locating, he said.

“I suggested that we start putting warrants up on there,” Saltsman said. “We’ve gotten a really good response to it all.”

The chief said the page was created and is maintained by Lt. Jeffrey Lewis.

Saltsman said that on March 4, Lewis posted the picture of Carl

Myers, 54, who was wanted on forgery and theft charges. Within one day, information on Myers’ whereabouts was called in to the department, Saltsman said. He’s since been arrested on those charges.

“There are so many people on Facebook that we’re getting information out there faster,” he said. “It’s making the community aware of things that are going on.”

Lewis said Facebook page Facebook page has been so successful in such a short time because of the volume of people who use it.

“I’d say it’s in a rare household that somebody is not on [Facebook],” he said. “And they check it morning, noon and night. It really gets the word out of what’s going on.”

Lewis said it’s an easier way for residents to contact police after hours, since it is a smaller department with a front office that closes in the early evening.

“If you come by after hours there’s likely no one there in the front office,” he said. “This is an easier, more immediate way to hook up with us.”

Saltsman said other local departments, such as Newton Falls, Boardman, Lordstown and Cortland, also have Facebook pages.

“I knew [Facebook] was big, but I didn’t expect it to take off like it did for us,” he said. “It’s another good tool we can use to help us do our jobs better.”


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1timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Lazy gets lazier !

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2momo4(5 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

LAZY????? I think NOT!!!!! It is using technology to find someone they have not been able to any other way. Once they get an address they still have to go get the man/women..... that is not always easy, or lazy for that matter.

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3captdinger(108 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

tim0thy, once again your comments show why the zero in the middle of your is so appropriate.

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4Askmeificare(700 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Great job Police Chief Michael Saltsman Sr.!

Great way to stay connected with community and process information!

That is leadership thinking!

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5Spri2008(44 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I don't think this is being lazy at all. It's using your resources!!! EVERYBODY is on facebook. I guarantee more people will be more likely to look at this facebook page than pick up a newspaper.

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6LongArmODLaw(22 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, great job Chief; I heard he lied and took credit for his officers work. They said the chief has nothing to do with the facebook.

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7Omerta(3 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Jeff you've done a great job of bringing the community closer to the police department. I know you did all of the work on the site but you probably would not have been able to do as much without the blessings of the Chief. I applaud your efforts for that small community and for having the foresight to discover a great common link to the community. Here I am in Phoenix Arizona and I just can't seem to get away from seeing your face. Lol. Great job Lieutenant and keep up the good work for Milton Township. Now just maybe you and the Chief can come up with a way to help the residents of Craig Beach so something about their corrupt police chief. Thanks again Jeff and Mike.

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8Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Good job but I thought anybody in Milton was a felon. And else would you live there???? what say you???

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9momo4(5 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I heard the same, that the chief is taking credit for the page... Lt. Lewis, keep up the good work!!!!! We need more officers like you out there.....

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10YOUNGSTOWNPUNISHER(19 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Give Police Chief Michael Saltsman Sr a break! Not only does he have to deal with crime and personal issues he also has to worry about the Great Lt Lewis going behind his back and undermining his credibility with the local prosecutors because his Lt's lack of profesionalism in screwing up cases! playing games behind his back with the trustees! For crying out loud former officer lewis was promoted by the trustees and not the Chief! The Chief was kept out of loop thanks to Lewis and the trustees! so be real people!

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11momo4(5 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Thats funny, from where myself and others sit, it has been Lt Lewis who has cleaned up Chief Saltsman's screw ups and has covered for his inablilty to be a good cop.

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12assiseeit(36 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

WOW... what a way to turn a great story into something negative. KUDOS to the Chief and his Officer for a job well done.

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13momo4(5 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I agree, but even the Vindicator needs to give credit where credit is due. Great job Lewis, he is the one who gets these dirt bags off the streets.

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14assiseeit(36 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

OK... here we go... 1) Lewis is not lazy... he is using all his tools and resources. New thinking to outsmart the criminals! 2) Saltsman gives Lewis credit. The Vindicator wrote... "The chief said the page was created and is maintained by Lt. Jeffrey Lewis." How is he taking credit? 3) I'm sure there are other officers in Lake Milton taking dirt bags off the streets to. 4) freeatlast... where are you from? You cant even write a complete sentance. Drive through Lake Milton and look at some of the nice houses. Meet the people. They are wonderful people. I have friends and family that live there.

Once again... great job to all police officers. They need our support... not negativity!

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15AndrewTS(1 comment)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

It's not lazy, it's a great use of resources!!! Facebook is one of the best ways to communicate with a large group of people. This article from The Next Web is one of the best I've read so far that talks about why police can use social media to be better and more efficient:

http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/201...

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