Cops go online with "Video Villains" to find fugitives

Forget firearms, Tasers and super-sniffing canines. Philly cops have Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube to get the bad guys.

The police department this morning announced a new crime-fighting campaign called "Video Villains," in which they'll publish a Top 10 Most-Wanted list of fugitive suspects who were caught on surveillance video while committing a crime. The videos, as well as arrests and other developments about suspects' cases, will be blasted out regularly through Phillypolice.com, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter.

"Video Villains is a new way for communities to get involved in making Philadelphia a safer city in which to live, work and visit, while using today's top social networking applications," police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers said.

The department will post still images of suspects, taken from surveillance video at crime scenes, and links to the surveillance videos on www.phillypolice.com. The department's YouTube page will feature the full-length surveillance videos.

See:

www.youtube.com/user/philadelphiapolice

www.facebook.com/phillypd

twitter.com/phillypolice

www.flickr.com/phillypolice

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