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Wentzville Police and Parks Departments Using Facebook to Reach Digital Generation

Both pages have some great photos and useful information, as well as event announcements and deadlines.

(Following is a press release from the .)

Technology has changed nearly every aspect of people’s lives, especially how they obtain information and communicate with each other. The changes are particularly evident among teens and young adults, who have grown up in the digital age.

To ensure they are communicating effectively with this digital generation, and Parks departments have recently launched their own Facebook pages. The city of Wentzville has had a presence on Facebook since 2010, but by offering their own separate pages, the Police and Parks departments hope to offer a more focused look at who they are and what they do.

Wentzville Police Chief Lisa Harrison said, “We are trying to reach the new generation of folks out there in the way they communicate. We want residents and visitors to trust and even ‘know’ the police, and we feel establishing a presence on Facebook is one way to achieve that goal.”  Although the Police department’s page is only a few weeks old, it’s already filled with photos of department activities, such as the recent Rod Run and Special Olympics Torch Run. The page also shares information on things like the Police Explorer Program, ways people can avoid becoming a crime victim, and how residents can join in on National Night Out this year on August 7.

The Parks Facebook page offers pictures of Parks projects and events, along with short, to-the-point information blurbs. Facebook friends of the page can use it as an easy way to find event reminders, registration deadlines, and updates on weather conditions that might affect scheduled programs or facility operations.

Facebook users can check out all the information these new pages offer by entering “Wentzville Parks & Recreation” or “Wentzville Missouri Police Department” in the “search for people, places and things” field on Facebook.

 

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