Using Facebook, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) arrested two 19-year-olds for suspected involvement in loanshark harassment activities.
In a statement to AsiaOne, the SPF said that this is an “operational breakthrough” which led to SPF’s first ‘Facebook arrest‘.
A netizen informed the police on November 11 that he could identify a suspected loanshark from a photo posted on the Police Facebook Page. The photo was first posted on the page in July 2009.
This led to the arrest of the two teenagers for their suspected loanshark harassment in the Bukit Merah area. If found guilty, first time offenders face a fine of not less than $50,000 and not more than $500,000.
They will also face mandatory imprisonment of up to five years and mandatory caning of up to 12 strokes.
Director of Public Affairs Department, Assistant Commissioner Ng Guat Ting (Ms) said the police are grateful to the netizen who gave them the tip-off.
“This is indeed public spiritedness in cyberspace,” she said.
“We are confident that more cases will be solved through this e-partnership with the community,” she added.
Since 2009, Police has set up its Facebook Page to reach out to the Net-savvy community, and use it as a complementary channel to traditional media for police appeals, taking advantage of the viral nature of social media.