March 2nd marks the first installment of a new program called “Warrant Wednesdays.”
Pictures of persons wanted for crimes will be posted on the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page each Wednesday in an effort to get more wanted criminals off the streets.
“Posting the mug shots of several wanted criminal suspects every Wednesday hopefully will generate some talk,” Winnebago County Sheriff Spokesperson Ken DeCoster says.
DeCoster says the motivation and goal behind launching this new program is two-fold
“We hope to generate more traffic for the Sheriff Department’s Facebook page, which is Sheriff Winnebago County,” he says.
This as a result of the ever-increasing popularity and usage of social media. DeCoster believes this will allow for more sets of eyes to see who is wanted as a criminal around the region. That would help with goal two — get more criminals behind bars.
“We’re hoping that this will help law enforcement and Crimestoppers apprehend criminal suspects who are out there who are wanted by police,” says DeCoster.
Just as Crimestoppers has done over the years, financial rewards will be handed out to those who can help locate a wanted criminal. And, anyone who provides information is asked to call Crimestoppers. You will remain completely anonymous.
“It’s really a win-win. It’s a win for the informant — there’s financial incentive for them. And it helps police track down suspects,” DeCoster says.