BSO launches social media outreach

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Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington is encouraging residents to stay better connected to the Bossier Sheriff’s Office with the recent launch of a new mobile app and Twitter feed.

These new outreach efforts are being added to the agency’s existing social media and online platforms of Facebook, YouTube and our website to provide for public safety alerts and information and allow better interaction with the public.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington

“Communication methods are rapidly changing, and social media is an excellent way for us to keep residents informed about their Bossier Sheriff’s Office and to develop better communication with our residents,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “Our goal is to ensure people have quick access to breaking public safety information, provide a means for the public’s help in solving crimes and show how our deputies and staff are committed to serving our community.”

Recent Facebook postings at facebook.com/bossiersheriff  have helped investigators on various cases, including missing persons, wanted suspects and runaway teens.  Just last month, the creation of the “Bossier Doe” Facebook profile played a critical role in identifying an unknown homicide victim from 34 years earlier as Carol Ann Cole.

The recently-created free mobile app will provide breaking information, such as traffic alerts and inclement weather, as well as allow residents to submit tips about suspected criminal activity in their neighborhoods, basically formatted as a mobile website.  The mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.  Ensure your phone’s “notifications” setting is turned on to receive alerts.

The Twitter feed at twitter.com/bossiersheriff will provide breaking information and news of interest and can be followed using the handle @bossiersheriff.  The Sheriff’s Office YouTube site, youtube.com/bossiersheriff, is used for surveillance videos, PSAs and other relevant videos for the Sheriff’s Office.  The BSO website, www.bossiersheriff.com  remains a mainstay of complete information about our agency, including news releases and arrest data.