The privately-owned, social-networking Web site, Facebook, is being considered for use to post photographs and other information about wanted criminals. Acting Police Commissioner James Philbert said so during Tuesday's launch at the Marriott, Invaders Bay, of Crime Stoppers Caribbean Most Wanted. Philbert said improvements to the official Police Service Web site and other online media also were being considered to disseminate information about criminals and receive assistance from the public in the fight against crime.
He also welcomed the recent launch of a Crimestoppers' Web site, www.caribbeanmostwanted.com, which presented the most wanted criminals in the region. This was following consultations with regional police officers. According to the Web site, five of the six wanted criminals in the region were from T&T with the other wanted man from Bermuda. The T&T fugitives were being sought for murder, fraud, drug trafficking and firearm offences. Philbert was confident the Web site would help reduce crime. "It certainly will. It is an excellent tool. I think the best part of it (is that) it is free.
"This reaches everybody and it is quite user-friendly as you see," he said. He added: "It provides the opportunity for everything that we have been struggling with in terms of assistance from the public.
"You know, the concerns that we have in terms of trust, police trust, and police confidence, this would overcome it immediately." He said the Web site also offered the police opportunities to provide the faces and sketches of wanted criminals to the international community. "We spoke today (Tuesday) about it and we want to crowd it (the Web site with pictures of fugitives). We want to put as many faces up as possible," Philbert said.