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Published January 13, 2010, 04:02 PM

Devils Lake Police Department Now On Facebook

A phone call may be all it takes for people to get in contact with their local police department, but it's not always so easy for police to communicate with the community. The Devils Lake Police Department has a new way of keeping people in town in-the-know.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

A phone call may be all it takes for people to get in contact with their local police department, but it's not always so easy for police to communicate with the community. The Devils Lake Police Department has a new way of keeping people in town in-the-know. It now has a page on the popular social networking website Facebook. This way people can get updates from the department instantly. Millions of people use Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends. But now some can use it to keep up with what's going on in their community.

Keith Schroeder/Devils Lake Police Chief: "It's an idea I had to try to figure out another way to communicate some ideas with the public."

To find the police department's page on Facebook, simply go to "search" and type in Devils Lake Police Department, and the page comes right up.

Facebook users can become a fan of the page and see updates from the department instantly. So far the department has posted information about snow removal and DUI enforcement.

Jeri Alexander/Thinks Page Is A Good Idea: "I think it's a good idea. You can know what's going on in the community."

Sheila Alexander/Likes Idea Of Page: "It's a good idea."

People say that having the police department on Facebook may give some the wrong idea about what the page is really for.

Sheila Alexander: "It all depends on how they feel about the police department having a Facebook if they're going to get scared."

Police say the page is simply to inform the public, not to monitor people's Facebook activity. They say people with information for police should call them instead of posting it on the page. They hope people will become fans of the page.

Keith Schroeder: "The more people in the community that join the better. I think we have a population of 7,500, so if we get 7,500 that would be cool!"

The police department wants to hear the public's feedback and suggestions for the Facebook page.

The page already has more than 50 fans.

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