Montana Highway Patrol Launches ‘Warrant Wednesdays’ on Facebook
HELENA – Today the Montana Highway Patrol launched a new outreach tool designed to use public assistance to help law enforcement officers locate wanted fugitives.
Each Wednesday on its official Facebook page, the Patrol will post the name and photo of a person with an outstanding arrest warrant who may pose a risk to public safety and/or whose warrant has been outstanding for an extended period of time. Members of the public who have information regarding the person in question are encouraged to contact the Patrol directly by calling 1-855-MHP-3777, by emailing [email protected], or by private Facebook message only, and are asked not to approach the person in question.
“Social media is an important tool that law enforcement agencies can use to help keep the public informed, but it’s also a great tool that allows people to help us protect public safety,” said Colonel Tom Butler, chief of the Highway Patrol. “I encourage Montanans in every community of our state to connect with our official Facebook page. Warrant Wednesdays will certainly be a great addition to the useful information we post every day.”
“Protecting our communities is a shared responsibility in Montana, and each of us has a role to play,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “Often times, our city, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement officers rely on tips or other information from members of the public in order to apprehend dangerous persons, and Warrant Wednesdays will make it even easier for the public to help.”
The Montana Highway Patrol’s official Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/montanahighwaypatrol.