Astoria Police (http://www.facebook.com/AstoriaPolice) is looking for a few more good friends. The department FaceBook page boasts over 1700 "likes" which means those facebook users see messages from the department that show up on their facebook page. Those messages provide an opportunity for the police to offer reminders about pedestrian and bicycle safety laws, among other valuable educational info and those who "like" that page can then engage in a conversation with the department and other facebook friends. The department also uses the social media to pass along messages about traffic accidents, bridge closures and other information like missing persons, or warnings about scams that might affect locals. The department also uses Twitter so by following Astoria Police on Twitter you can get updates on things going on immediately like the recent accident that closed the new Young's Bay Bridge this week plus other information you may want to know about. The Astoria Police are not the only local agency using social media to one extent of another but they are are probably the most active user in the area. To like the page you need to set up a facebook account or have an existing account to see the posts. Setting up your page on Facebook is easy and it's free to do so. The Warrenton Police Department also uses Facebook frequently to help get the word out about public programs they sponsor or support and they also respond to comments by the public on their page.
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