You can now find the Foxborough Police Department on Facebook as it recently joined the trend started by many other police departments around the area and across the nation.
"With the take off of social media not long ago, most people today are not only active members of these websites, but they have used them as a substitute for how they receive news and information," said Foxborough Police officer Patrick Morrison.
The goal of the department's Facebook page, according to Morrison, is to provide a better outlet for the department to send out and receive information to residents and visitors of Foxborough.
"Information will be added to the page as time goes on about such cases as: Amber Alerts, patterns of criminal activity, community alerts, surveillance photos of unknown suspects, Gillette Stadium event information, Founder's Day information and many other new ideas that come to our minds as time goes on which the community should know about," Morrison said.
In the first week of the Foxborough Police Department's Facebook page being active, the department has been able to share information with residents and proved to be especially useful for police this weekend during the Blizzard 2013.
"We were able to post live, up-to-date, information out to the public in a swift manner," Morrison said. "Residents were given information regarding breaking news of a travel ban being issued, and were provided with real time updates and information regarding placements of shelters if need be and what to do following potential power outages."
Morrison said the department is encouraging all residents to "Like" the Foxborough Police Department on Facebook so they may remain "up-to-date with the latest information and breaking news."