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The Wellesley Police Department Makes Social Media a Priority

Columnist Deb Robi writes about Wellesley Police's activity across all social media.

Your police department wants to be your friend. Even on Facebook.

Over the past few months, the has utilized lots of social media for getting important information out to residents and neighboring towns. In addition a revamped website showcases the daily work lives of department personnel, and offers a glimpse of the job, its duties and responsibilities. In photos updated regularly, police can be viewed at firearms training, directing traffic, responding to accidents and emergencies, and road closures.

Thanks to efforts by Wellesley Officer Scott Whittemore, photos of the men and women of the department are showcased in a professional style. And not to be excluded, the is showcased, along with shots of the department’s apparatus, past and present. The site is “documenting department history” and is dedicated to all who are keeping our town safe.

Wellesley’s police department is Facebook-friendly and Twitter-versed. Officer Whittemore  adds a “photo of the day” to the department’s Facebook page.

Did you know that you can benefit with lots of great information by signing up for free TEXTS on your smart phone from the Wellesley PD? The department recently added some new categories to its free texting service; and includes emergency alerts, traffic and crime alerts, even weather and utility alerts. Want to find out if public school is cancelled? Wellesley PD has you covered. 

If that’s not enough technology, iPhone and Android users can download a new police department application that can connect you to lots of the region’s law enforcement.

Police Lt. Marie Cleary calls all of the social media and internet usage “positive tools” in communicating with the public. She says the sites have helped residents, those who travel through or work in town, to have a “better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes,” in Wellesley. 

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