Noting the importance of the social media, the CID of Karnataka state police decided to log on to the two of the most popular websites to encourage public participation.
The sleuth have opened up accounts in both Facebook and Twitter under the username 'DGP CID Karnataka'.
In a statement issued on Monday, Jun 7, CID said that law enforcement agencies can gain a lot by joining social media which can help them solve various types of crimes, that occur in the community.
“I had a lot of interaction with the IT and ITeS industry captains during the past few months, and they told me that working in isolation will not help premier investigating agencies like ours in getting maximum inputs on crimes and criminals," said Dr DV Guruprasad, Director General of Police.
“While we can warn people about the crime trends, we are hopeful to get inputs from public on the same subject," he added.
On Twitter, the CID has already attracted 38 followers as of Tuesday, Jun 8 morning.
The very first tweet from Mr Guruprasad, reads, "I am overwhelmed by the response we are getting on both FB and Twitter. I welcome all followers."
Karnataka CID's initiative to enter the web world is commendable due to several facts. While the state capital is the IT hub of the country, the internet penetration across India is at a stage of massive expansion. By entering the internet, the CID is not only right in the middle of the where the world meets today, but can also keep a watchful eye on the cyber crime too.
Besides all this, the move is a huge image boost for the sleuths of Karnataka state police.
However, Karnataka CID is not the first police agency to log on to Twitter and Facebook as Delhi traffic police has already begun making use of the social media to provide updates on the traffic situation across the capital ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2010.