Social Media Assists in Police Investigations

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Social media is proving to be a useful tool for investigators.

The Springfield Police Department said they use social media on a regular basis.
Officers said during an on-going investigation, checking in on a site, like Facebook, is one of many tools they use to learn more about a suspect.

Sergeant Keith Seanor said it’s a practice they use for more detailed investigations. He said when they receive a description of a suspect from a witness or victim, a recent photo posted on social media can help them better identify a suspect, rather than a dated DMV photo.

Just days ago, police said they used Facebook to help identify a man accused of stalking a woman while she was on a run. This incident happened on Friday night and the suspect, Jeffrey Sonza, was arrested on multiple charges.

Sergeant Seanor adds that tips from social media are never what holds an investigation together, because investigations are based on criminal conduct. He said it helps reaffirm they’re looking at the right suspects.

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