The Lake Charles City Police Department has now entered the booming world of social media.

Deputy Chief Mark Kraus sent out this information on the LCPD entering the world of Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets.

The Lake Charles Police Department is pleased to announce their entrance into social media through Facebook, Twitter, and Nixle.  This will enhance communication into the community by dispersing emergency notifications, traffic advisories, and items of significant community interests.

Facebook is a very popular social medium and needs little introduction.  The Lake Charles Police Department has established a facebook page.  You can “like” the page to receive updates which includes emergency notifications, traffic advisories, items of community interests, press releases, and information on wanted persons.  If you do not have a facebook account, you can sign up for free at www.facebook.com

Twitter is also a social medium that needs little introduction.  The Lake Charles Police Department has established a twitter account under the name of “@LakeCharlesPD”.  We have been posting traffic advisories and emergency notifications to this account in conjunction with the Nixle Notification Service.  If you have a twitter account, you can follow @LakeCharlesPD.  If you do not have a twitter account, you can sign up for a free account at www.twitter.com.

Nixle is an emergency text message, email, and web notification system that the Lake Charles Police Department utilizes.  Signup is also free at www.nixle.com.  Alternatively you can text “lcpd” to 888777 to begin receiving text message updates directly to your cellular phone immediately.

These new tools allow the Lake Charles Police Department to provide valuable new services to the community and continue to foster the community policing philosophy that we adhere.  These tools help us reach out by dispensing timely information in case of large scale emergencies such as hurricanes and provide another avenue for the public to become involved and assisting us with ongoing investigations.  If you have any questions, you can email policedept@cityoflc.us or call 491.1311

Source: Deputy Chief Mark Kraus

So now the police is even getting into the act.  Just shows how social media plays such a big part in people's lives and how things are moving toward the future.