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Now, you can ‘like’ #JolietPolice

Updated: January 16, 2012 10:03AM

JOLIET — The cops went gangbusters on social media last week.

The police department simultaneously launched pages on Facebook and Twitter and started text messaging, which some smaller local departments have been doing for some time.

“My teen daughters told me we had to (start),” Chief Mike Trafton joked. Reaching younger residents is a driving reason for “using new communication tools,” he said.

On Facebook ( anyone who “likes” the department will receive notices about community programs, area emergencies and police events.

The Twitter page ( will share some of the same information in 140 characters.

“Besides using it as social networking for the department to put things out, our investigators can seek assistance for a case or give someone another way to contact us,” Trafton said.

The department can also deliver instant messages through text or e-mail.

The service is free for the department and users, though text message costs depend on your wireless package.

Signing up takes about five minutes online. Residents can choose to receive any notifications police send out or they can also opt to just get alerts that affect a particular area of the city.

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