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Washington County Sheriff's Office officially launches its Facebook page

August 01, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has joined the social network.

The sheriff’s office officially posted its inaugural Facebook page on Wednesday, said Deputy 1st Class Carly Hose, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

The page will be used as a venue to issue news releases and announce community events, Hose said. It also will provide general safety and crime prevention tips.

“It’s just another tool for us to inform the community,” she said.

However, the sheriff’s office will not post road closures on its Facebook page, Hose said. That information will be provided on the Washington County website at www.washco-md.net.

Earlier this month, the Maryland State Police barrack in Hagerstown became the first state police barrack in the state to launch a Facebook page.

Lt. Michael Fluharty, commander of the Hagerstown barrack, said recently that the Facebook page would help disseminate information to local residents.

The state police page provides updates on road closures, emergency situations and training missions.

Hose said the sheriff’s office had been working on the construction of the Facebook page for a little more than a month.

She said the page is for informational purposes only, and people with an emergency should continue to call 911.

The sheriff’s office page can be viewed at www.facebook.com/WashingtonCountySheriffsOfficeMaryland?ref=br_tf.

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