The New York City Police Department has organized a new unit to track those who announce plans or brag about their crimes on social networks.
According to the New York Daily News, this new juvenile justice unit will be headed by assistant commissioner Kevin O’Connor, one of the department’s online and gang gurus. O’Connor and his staff will monitor the sites for info about troublesome house parties, gang showdowns and other potential mayhem.
O’Connor is a 23-year veteran known for online policing that included stings to catch predators looking for sex with underage victims. His new unit will operate under the Community Affairs Bureau, which also handles outreach programs.
The move makes sense for the NYPD. It seems that the new police unit will be searching mostly for underage offenders since they are often likeliest to be foolish enough to publicize their crimes online. Although, criminals of all ages tend to take to the web for attention.
Readers, do you think the new social media watch unit is a good use of resources by the NYPD?