In an effort to make information more accessible to Moab residents, the Moab City Police Department recently launched a new Facebook page, according to Moab City Police Chief Mike Navarre.
Navarre said that the page includes an informational guide, as well as a history of the department. Navarre said the department is using the page as a way to update the public on issues such as road closures and power outages. It also includes posts about police activity throughout the week.
Last week, the department used the page to help spread the word about a missing child in the area of Arnel Lane. The page is updated regularly with statistics about the department’s calls, including the number of animal control calls, domestic disputes and others, officials said.
“We’re moving into a new era,” Navarre said during Tuesday evening’s Moab City Council meeting. “We’re looking at is as a bulletin board.”
The Facebook page also connects to the department’s website, as well as a site called Tip Submit, which allows people to anonymously send tips to the police about suspicious activity, he said. Navarre said that the site also enables people to fill out police reports online.
Moab City Manager Donna Metzler said city officials were initially worried that the page would end up being used as a sounding board where residents would air complaints about the city or community or the police department, which is not the department’s intention in launching the site. However, Metzler said, that problem has not arisen so far.
The police department page can be found on Facebook by searching for Moab City Police Department.