Martinsburg Police Dept. teams up with social media to reach public


If you want to know what the police department is up to in Martinsburg, you could call, or you could look online at their new website.

“Our website is really our home for all of our information,” said patrolman Sam McGovern, who helped oversee the website transformation.

The website will host information like press releases, random acts of kindness and news alerts.

However, they police department did not stop there. Not only do they have a new website, but for the first time, they have a presence on social media.

“What you’re going to see is we’re really going to use Facebook and Twitter to push that information out, and that is going to be the ‘arms and legs’ of our website in connecting with our community,” said McGovern.

“[The website] allows [residents] accessibility to our department. Speaking on the same terms, we can also access the community,” said Major George Swartwood, a main media spokesperson for the department.

“We will be putting out press releases; we will be putting out information on people that are wanted in this area.”

Aside from community and news updates, you can also go to the website for jobs at the police department or to submit an anonymous crime tip.

“We do not want to just be more noise on the internet,” said McGovern. “We want to really add value to what’s going on, on social media.”

The initiative to reach out via Facebook and Twitter started shortly after Martinsburg’s new police chief, Maury Richards, took office in October.

“I think this is an invaluable tool,” Richards told WHAG on Tuesday. “It is part of our overall strategy to really develop working partnerships: police, community, schools and families.”

Click the links below to check out the department’s new internet presence:




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