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The New York Police Department’s Facebook page has taken on a role that was once largely limited to the city’s press corps: publishing news articles. It is part of a push to both bolster the department’s social media presence and to find ways to get its message directly to its nearly 250,000 followers on the social media site. The department also has more than 106,000 Twitter followers. Over the past month, police officers who were once journalists pen articles about all types of police work, such as graffiti busts, fireworks confiscations and officers aiding a colleague suffering from a heart attack. Though the tactic is new for the NYPD, law-enforcement agencies around the country, such as in Boston and Seattle, have been writing their own articles for years.

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