Newberry, SC (WLTX) -- Instead of riding around the streets of Newberry County, Sheriff Lee Foster has been using Facebook and Twitter to solve crimes.
"It's almost as prolific as us getting Crimestoppers tips," he said.
Out of the three Facebook pages he operates, he gets tips on county crimes on a daily basis. He gets four to five messages in his personal account's inbox.
"We had a burglary where we had a specific type of car, and we put that out on facebook and somebody called back in and said, 'Well, I saw that car in the neighborhood," Foster said.
In Foster's 37 years as public safety and 24 of those years as Sheriff of Newberry County, Foster knows the perks of using social media instead of traditional methods.
"If you wanted to get something out quickly, you either had to rely on our local radio sation or you had to rely on the newspaper," he said. "But now you can get that information out on Facebook and get it out relatively quickly."
Foster said the idea of implementing social media outlets within the department started out with his children. He says that the community has taken well to staying plugged in with the Sheriff, so well that he's had to make a duplicate pages because he's exceeded Facebook's friend limit.
But, whether he's manning the department's Twitter account or Facebook page, he likes the way the community is responding.
"It just adds another layer on our efforts to keep the community involved and then have interaction with them," Foster said.