Sparta Police Department using social media to catch criminals

Wanted Wednesday is in its twelfth week at the Sparta Police Department.

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The Tomah Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department also have something similar to Wanted Wednesday.

SPARTA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Wanted Wednesday is in its twelfth week at the Sparta Police Department.

It was started to let the community know who’s wanted, and encourage them to give police tips.

Every Wednesday, the police department posts the pictures and descriptions of suspects on its Website, along with its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Chief Michael Kass said it’s working.

“One of the very first ones that we ever put out we were probably getting tips within 5-10 minutes of me posting it,” said Kass.

Kass said the majority of people featured on Wanted Wednesday have later been captured, because someone has provided them with information.

“In one instance one of the persons saw that they were featured on Wanted Wednesday, and decided to turn themselves in,” said Kass.

Police will start looking for the next person who has a warrant about a week before it appears on Wanted Wednesday.

Every Wednesday morning around 8:00, the Sparta Police Department will post a picture, in hopes that someone will recognize the suspect.

“We try to pick people that the community are going to be aware of or that we think are not necessarily a danger but there’s something underneath there that we think we need to get them,” said Kass.

If you have any information about someone who’s featured on Wanted Wednesday, call the Sparta Police Department at 608-269-3122 or Monroe County Crime Stoppers at 608-269-7867.

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