Sheriff’s office says it doesn’t want to hear about suspicions via social media

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office shared a May 9 Facebook post about reports of crimes and suspicious activity being made to it through social media. 

The sheriff’s office, which provides police services for Shoreview, Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada and other communities, said it enjoys sharing news and information on social media. However, it does not enjoy when people share suspicions of criminal activity through social media. 

According to the post, the sheriff’s office receives social media messages and posts from community members reporting crimes. 

The community members, said the RCSO Facebook post, often say they chose to make a post instead of call with a report because of three primary reasons: they don’t want to bother deputies, they are unsure of the protocol of making a report over the phone or because its not an emergency. 

An example from two week ago was a report that did come in over the phone. Two callers reported that a neighbor on Nextdoor — a private social networking app for neighborhoods — made posts about sighting a black bear. Both callers said they had not seen the bear themselves and that the Nextdoor poster had only made a post about the bear but had not called to make a formal report. 

“Remember that we are here to serve you, help you stay safe, provide you with resources, and respond when you need us,” the RCSO post said, insisting community members are “not bothering” deputies when requesting help. 

The post ended with a bit of protocol for those still curious. The round-the-clock police and fire dispatchers ask that, for emergency issues that need immediate police response, or when reporting crimes or suspicious activity, dont post — call and make a report. 

For emergencies, 911 is the phone number. For non-emergencies in Ramsey County, call 651-767-0640. 

 

— Solomon Gustavo

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