Greater Manchester Police (GMP) recently announced that it is now using social networking site, Facebook, to help in its fight against crime.
Facebook and GMP have collaborated on the development of a Web 2.0 application which provides news feeds, and links to a crime-reporting form, Police Web sites and videos.
Facebook members can add the application to their user profiles at http://apps.facebook.com/gmpupdates.
GMP hopes the move will help it raise public awareness of local incidents and facilitate the exchange of information on crime. GMP is the first police force in the UK to use the site in this way.
According to Worklight Inc, a Web 2.0 security specialist, GMP’s use of Facebook is in line with an increasing trend for organisations to use social network sites as business tools.
However, Worklight also highlights the need for tight control in order to eliminate security risks.
WorkLight claims its technology allows organisations to use Web 2.0 consumer services, including Facebook, for business purposes, without the attendant security risks.