WILKES-BARRE — The city’s police department is going paperless.
Later this week police will be posting information about incidents on a new department Facebook page, ending the long-standing process of issuing paper news releases to a clipboard in the department’s lobby off State Street.
“The Facebook page is intended to phase out the press release clip board at the Police Department and will provide an easier, and faster, way of accessing information on incidents for both the public and the media,” stated Liza Prokop, city spokeswoman, in an email on Tuesday.
Police opened the Facebook page on Monday and immediately posted a few releases relating to drug arrests from a residence on South Welles Street, a burglary in the 300 block of East Northampton Street and the arrests of five people on separate drug offenses.
The page as of Tuesday afternoon had received more than 3,600 “likes” since its inception.
Prokop said the page will likely be updated once a day.
“This page is the official page of the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department, please don’t post to this page as it is for informational purposes only. If you have an emergency call 911. Any questions contact the Police Department by phone at 570.208.4200,” the information label says.
“I think it is wonderful; people are actually going to know what is going on,” said Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch Coalition coordinator Charlotte Raup.
Wilkes-Barre police join a growing number of area police departments on social media.
Police in Duryea, Forty Fort, Larksville and Wilkes-Barre Township have active Facebook pages, including crime watch coalitions in Ashley, Hanover Township and Wilkes-Barre.