We have diverse communities across Lexington County. What’s important around Lake Murray might not concern residents in “the horse’s neck.” The top priorities of Batesburg-Leesville families can be quite different from those in Irmo.

Make no mistake though, there are a number of things that unite us. One of those is our use of social media. From grandparents to middle school students, everyone seems to post something on social media. Facebook is the most used social media platform in the world with more than 1.5 billion users.

The Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page recently reached a milestone. Last week we hit the 40,000 follower mark. Perhaps you’re one of those 40,000 who see our posts and videos as you scroll down your newsfeed.

Based on our review of Facebook data, we have the largest Facebook following of any law enforcement agency in the state.

We see it as a valuable tool to interact and engage with our citizens. It’s an ideal way to share updates on cases and reminders about upcoming events that we’ll be a part of.

We’ve solved crimes from Facebook tips too. Our followers are always eager to help us identify someone from surveillance video or share information about a crime that we’re investigating.

Facebook is a venue for us to practice community policing in the 21st century. Community policing is a two-way street, no matter if it’s in your neighborhood or on Facebook. That’s why we’ll continue to be committed to using social media to strengthen our connection with those we protect and serve.