COLUMBIA — Columbia residents now have one more way to stay in contact with the Columbia Police Department — they can simply "like" the department's new Facebook page.
The page provides Columbia residents a way to quickly and easily contact the department, Sgt. Jill Wieneke, the department's public relations unit supervisor, said.
"People can instantaneously let us know information that's important to them," Wieneke said. "So if a man notices street signs down in his neighborhood, he can just post a message on our Facebook wall instead of calling in."
The page will contain crime prevention tips, scams to watch out for, severe weather notifications and event notifications. It will also highlight updates on crimes that have occurred in the Columbia area, she said.
"We are going to put a lot of different content on the page," Wieneke said. "It's a good way to get content out about different events, whether they involve the department or not."
Wieneke said she would like to expand the page to include more information on events occurring within the community, such as road closures.
"The possibilities are pretty endless," she said.
According to a department news release, "the page has already been used to solicit tips about the disappearance of 17-year-old Kylan Stubler, as well as post pictures of the missing teen. ..."
Wieneke said that as a result of users' suggestions, she is also considering adding information on "Columbia's Most Wanted."
Suggestions can be directed to Wieneke, who will oversee the project.