Southern Blair County Law Enforcement Goes Active

By Ben Manning | bmanning@wtajtv.com

Published 10/27 2013 05:46PM

Updated 10/28 2013 07:39PM

MARTINSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY - If you're going to copy from someone, copy from the best.

The Southern Blair County Law Enforcement Facebook page is now active. The Martinsburg, Williamsburg, Roaring Spring, North Woodbury, Greenfield and Freedom Township police departments got together on the new project. They saw the success of the Altoona Police page and want to duplicate that in their region. They’re hoping it will help them investigate crimes, get out safety tips, and stay connected to the community.

Sergeant Brian Freiwald of the Altoona Police Department showed them how their page works. He called it the best law enforcement tool he can think of. Their page was recently ranked number two in the nation and has led to more than a hundred arrests in the last year. He recently posted the name of a Megan’s Law offender, and Facebook fans had him the man’s location within six minutes.

Now that he's helped the Southern Blair County Law Enforcement page get up and running, he's encouraging other police departments to start using social media to serve their community.

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