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March 11, 2013

BCSO alerts spread the word

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Administrative Capt. Lynnette LaRocque said the law enforcement center sends online updates and emails almost daily. 

Face-to-face talks and phone calls are obsolete. LaRocque said the ILP initiative is cost effective as long as people want it. Today’s online reach proves they do.

“Any way we can increase communication and sharing of information that means there are a lot more eyes looking,” LaRocque said. “It multiplies our department three times.”

Detective secretary Deanna Lingold updates the ILP reports. As of 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, she said the 3-year-old BOLO reached 21,000 on Facebook.

King said word of mouth doesn’t travel fast enough. A few years ago it would have taken all media outlets and an entire department three days to touch that many.

“We believe this is one of our tickets to be able to do more with less, because [Friday] we had 5,000 deputies looking for that girl in one hour,” he said.

Commenting on social media posts, emailing or text messages are the new normal.

“It’s just a quicker way to get out there,” Lingold said.

Equipping officers with smart phones was a small cost. Otherwise, the BCSO utilizes existing technology.

Officers must pass a short Bureau of Justice Assistance certified course to learn intelligence passing guidelines to receive law enforcement sensitive messages that aide cohesiveness.

BCSO efficiency directly correlates with the growing information network. 

From top to bottom the Sheriff’s office staff get daily emails detailing all 911 calls and other matters sparking conversation. 

“It keeps the staff informed of everything that happens. Our purpose was making sure that our newest deputy on the road had the same information that I had and vice versa,” King said. “That’s probably been the most prominent asset so far. Emails give our deputies a sense of purpose.”

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