Roane County sheriff's Office using Facebook to see where extra

Roane County sheriff's Office using Facebook to see where extra patrols are needed

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The Roane County Sheriff's Office is using social media to ask residents where they should be patrolling. They say that feedback has already led to the arrests of two male suspects who had active warrants. The Roane County Sheriff's Office is using social media to ask residents where they should be patrolling. They say that feedback has already led to the arrests of two male suspects who had active warrants.
"There was a lady that asked for extra patrol on Bales Avenue and we did extra patrol on Bales avenue and we made two arrest, so it's working," Phillips said. "There was a lady that asked for extra patrol on Bales Avenue and we did extra patrol on Bales avenue and we made two arrest, so it's working," Phillips said.

By Kayla Strayer

6 News Reporter

ROANE COUNTY (WATE) - The Roane County Sheriff's Office is using social media to ask residents where they should be patrolling. They say that feedback has already led to the arrests of two male suspects who had active warrants.

The office just created a Facebook page last month, and they're using it to help determine which areas of the county they are needed at most.

With comments like "Great job, thank you" and "Way to go," Chief Deputy Tim Phillips says the Facebook page is off to a good start.

"We want to use our Facebook to get involved more with the public and have the opportunity to submit their request to us," Phillips said.

When they get a request, officers patrol that area and leave a card in the mailbox letting people know they were there.

"There was a lady that asked for extra patrol on Bales Avenue and we did extra patrol on Bales avenue and we made two arrest, so it's working," Phillips said.

"I absolutely appreciate it. I certainly do. I've seen a lot of changes since we moved here in 1976, but we still have a lot of good neighbors that watch out for each other," said Roane County resident Deborah Finley.

"I think they come in the afternoon when I'm not here, and then early in the morning which is good working eight hour shifts, being away for so long, it really helps," said resident Kristy Phillips.

Phillips says they rely on the public's help to know what's happening on their streets.

"Once they are involved it's such a big help to us because they are the eyes and ears they know what belongs there what doesn't, that's how we solve crimes."

He says they've had about 10 requests this week for extra patrols. Requests for extra patrols can be sent to the Facebook page, or by calling (865) 717-4709.


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