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July 19, 2010

Baltimore police now publishing mug shots

Baltimore police are now publishing mug shots of wanted suspects. It's a new adventure in social media for a department that more than most other agencies uses the Internet to announce breaking crime.

Today's first batch can be viewed here and by signing up to Nixle, which provides alerts from city police. The cops also have a Twitter account that can be directly fed to your cell phone as incoming text messages.

Here is a sample of one of the computerized "wanted posters," though not a lot of information is divulged about the crime, where it took place or where the suspect might be:

Attached are photos of individuals wanted by the BPD. Contact 410-637-8970 if you have info on their whereabouts
Photo 1

Sky Weaver

M-B 6’0” 215lbs

DOB: 08/03/1990

Charges: Robbery

Posted by Peter Hermann at 7:58 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Breaking news, Confronting crime, Top brass


Good idea. More and more we need to use tech in areas just like this. We need to help ourselves. Forget Facebook. Start looking at faces that endanger communities and lives.


This is a great tool that helps law enforcement.

Whatever happened to freedom and privacy?

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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