Solving crimes through social media

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Madison police officers in charge of managing the department's social media accounts want to utilize the Madison Area Crime Stoppers page to solve crimes.

Madison Police Officer Emily Samson recently took on the position as the liaison between the non profit group, Madison Area Crime Stoppers and the Madison Police Department. In her new role she's hoping to connect with people online to generate more crime tips.

"We're seeking answers and the answers are out there," Officer Samson says.

She says connecting with people on social media, specifically Facebook, is a great way to spread the word about crimes they're hoping to solve.

"Everyone I know has some form of social media so the more that we can stay in tune with the times and stay focused on trends the better we'll be able to promote Crime Stoppers," Officer Samson says.

People can still call the Crime Stoppers hotline and leave anonymous tips. Sometimes those tips can lead to cash rewards. Samson says she's hoping that the Facebook page will encourage even more people to come forward with information.

To leave a tip with the Madison Area Crime Stoppers call (608) 266-6017 or text "DANE" to 274637.

You can also like their page by looking them up on Facebook at "Madison Area Crime Stoppers."

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