Virginia State Police launch Facebook page

Associated Press
Tuesday, March 2, 2010; 9:50 AM

The Virginia State Police agency is hoping people who become fans of its new page on Facebook will help the department solve crimes and find missing people and fugitives.

The agency launched its page on the social-networking Web site Monday.

Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty said Tuesday that incorporating social media into communications and outreach efforts is a natural progression for the agency.

In addition to news releases and traffic safety tips, the Facebook page provides information about unsolved cases. The 1996 abduction and murder of 25-year-old Alicia Showalter Reynolds in Culpeper County is the first unsolved case to be featured.

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