The popularity of Facebook has exploded over the last few months, with thousands of you joining the social networking site.
Law enforcement agencies are doing the same. Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department has its own Facebook page, and it hopes it will be used as an outreach to the community.
Facebook developers continue to make new ways for members to stay up to date with their friends, and now, businesses and organizations may create pages that alert fans of events or information every minute of every day.
The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department is taking advantage of that and is now posting updates on a fan page.
Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said the department plans to keep the public as involved as possible.
"As our society evolves and we evolve, one of the things we try to do is stay current," said Calhoun. "One of the things we recognize is that social networking sites out there afford an opportunity for a person or a group to get their message out to people who are wanting to know about it. And with utilizing Facebook you're able to do that."
However, keeping the public informed of events and general topics of interest is not to be confused with a platform in which to tip the police off on illegal activity.
"This is designated to be a place for information, not as a notification type system, but a place people can receive information of a general topic," said Calhoun. "And we'll be placing pictures of wanted people on there occasionally, posting information on an employee of the week, might be about a community event, maybe something to do with something going on at the sheriff's department we want people to be aware of."
If you'd like to be added to the sheriff's department's Facebook page, it's easy. Just go to your own Facebook page and search 'Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department', then add it to your favorites.