ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) – Police officers and sherrif’s deputies have many crime fighting tools at their disposal.
If you’re wanted in Calhoun County, you may be a “click” and a “share” away from being behind bars.
Sheriff Larry Amerson says they started with basic wanted posters and from there, a 30 minute television format.
“Now we’re using Facebook,” he said. “I never dreamed of having Facebook when I became sheriff.”
Chief Deputy Matthew Wade runs the page and Chris Wright, a local radio host and host of the Calhoun County Most Wanted television show, also handles the online videos.
Wade doesn’t get paid for the work he does with the sheriff’s office, his reward isn’t a dollar amount.
“You can have some fun doing it but you really get to see your community getting better. I’m raising kids. I want a safe community so it really makes me feel good to see this working,” said Wade.
In the past 3 weeks, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office has captured 20 people on the most wanted list.
Chief Deputy Wade says While Facebook is a good tool to communicate with the public nothing replaces calling 911 or reaching out to the sheriff’s office directly if you need help.