Social media helps crack cases

By Brandi Bailey

May 30, 2014 Updated May 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM EST

Binghamton,NY (WBNG Binghamton) Along with other law enforcement agencies in Broome County, the Binghamton Police Department is actively using social media to help solve crimes.

The department is making changes to its website and using Facebook as an investigative tool that's already reaped benefits.

Binghamton Police Captain Jack Collins said pictures and videos are uploaded and, in some cases, tips start coming in only seconds later.

The most recent serious crime solved with the help of Facebook was 51-year-old Wilfredo Hernandez.

Back in January, Hernandez stabbed a man at the Broome County Library.

Tips from the website and through Facebook helped solved the case.

"A lot of times, we would get cases where we would just distribute it among the departments. Now, we can distribute among the community and the hits we are getting are unbelievable. Sometimes we're getting 10,000 hits on one case," Collins said.

Collins said social media is becoming an invaluable tool when it comes to certain investigations. BPD plans to only expand its use.

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