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Oswego, Kendall County latest police departments on Facebook

Updated: December 5, 2011 5:16PM

The Kendall County sheriff’s office and the Oswego police are the latest Fox Valley departments hoping Facebook will open the lines of communication with residents.

The sheriff’s office recently created a Facebook page that can be found by searching “Kendall County Sheriff’s Office.” To find Oswego, search “Village of Oswego, IL” or “Village of Oswego Police, IL”. To follow the either department’s postings, simply “like” the page.

Both Oswego and Kendall police intend to post breaking news updates, press releases, links to stories and information residents should know about the department. The Kendall County page also has photo albums of staff participating in local charitable events.

“Social media and Facebook is such a big deal now, and we want to be part of it,” said Kendall County Deputy Craig French. “It’s another way to reach people.”

Several other Fox Valley police departments already have their own Facebook pages. North Aurora and Batavia regularly post news and community updates on Facebook. Many elected officials, like Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez, also have official pages.

Aurora police launched a Facebook page in July and has nearly 600 fans. Commander Kristen Ziman said the page has been a great place for people to post questions about laws or city ordinances like seat belt requirements or trick-or-treating hours. Readers seem to enjoy the human interest posts as much as the crime alerts, Ziman said.

One challenge for any municipal Facebook page is the risk of false or defamatory comments, but that hasn’t been an issue for Aurora.

“Some of the concerns we had about people posting disparaging comments haven’t happened,” Ziman said.

French said Kendall County will be closely monitoring content and comments posted to the page.

Several departments — including Oswego and North Aurora — also sporadically use Twitter to post breaking news, while Montgomery, North Aurora and Sugar Grove are among the local departments using Nixle, a free one-way text communication service that sends out community news, traffic information and alerts.

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