Police agencies across the nation stress that the communities they protect have to be their eyes and ears when they are not around, but recently some activity on social media have fanned the proverbial flames.  The immediacy of posting on such sites can be beneficial to investigating cases, but that same immediacy can also cause problems, according to Alton’s Police Chief.

Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons tells The Big Z they sometimes have to do “damage control” if reports of an incident are not accurate.

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Alton Police Public Information Officer Emily Hejna says the nature of social allows people to post what they want without having to worry about accuracy, whereas traditional news sources check facts before releasing information.


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