NYPD Creates Unit to Track Potential Crime on Social Networks

Posted Aug 10, 2011

The NYPD has created a new juvenile justice unit that will use social media to help catch New York City criminals. The New York Daily News reports that Assistant Commissioner Kevin O’Connor, “known for his success in online policing,” will head the unit, which will track Twitter, Facebook and other networks for information about house parties and other potentially volatile situations. The NYPD has previously encountered incidents where a murder was bragged about on Facebook, and a Facebook event gone viral led to an overcrowded party that ended in a shooting.