These police departments want you to celebrate Valentine’s Day by handing over your ex

These police departments want you to celebrate Valentine's Day by handing over your ex

These police departments want you to celebrate Valentine’s Day by handing over your ex


“Call us with their location and we’ll take care of the rest,” the Port Orange Police Department wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

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In an unorthodox strategy to encourage community suggestions, Law enforcement agencies are launching a “month-long special” for Valentine’s Day.

“Special” includes “a set of limited-edition platinum bracelets, free transportation with a driver, a minimum of one night’s stay in luxury accommodation and professional glamour photos that will be posted online for all to enjoy,” the post said.

It continued: “We know this special is so incredible that you might want to offer an extra testimonial. We don’t blame you, this special is too sweet to miss!”

Within a day of being shared by the Port Orange Police Department, the post had been liked and shared thousands of times, with social media users praising it for being creative and hilarious.

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“Genius!” one user wrote. “Someone gave this social media manager a raise!” another chimed in.

Lisa Remington, a cashier from Edgewater, Florida, was one of the users who participated and praised the post.but she On Thursday, she said she was concerned that invitations to submit information on exes could prompt people to retaliate without credible information.

“It could be effective or it could be a bit retaliatory, depending on what the warrant is for,” she told The Washington Post on Thursday.

Maria Haberfeld, chair of the law and police science department at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, expressed similar concerns, describing these types of activities as “inappropriate” and warning of the dangers of underestimating criminal behavior.

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she told the Posted Thursday.

Such moves could incite people to “provide false information as part of a retaliation plan,” Huberfield said. And added that if one of the ‘exes’ found out who had given information to the police, it could also set the potential whistleblower “down a dangerous path,” she said.

Even if there was evidence a similar campaign would lead to prosecution — she didn’t know it — Huberfield warned against it, saying the risks “outweigh the potential benefits.”

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Sgt. William Harrison, interim public information officer with the Port Orange Police Department, said they “copied” the idea — and the exact same information — from another Florida county police department, though he didn’t specify which department.

By Thursday afternoon, he said they had not received any solid tips, but hoped the public would be able to provide information on “lesser crimes and misdemeanors” including batteries, stolen goods or vehicles.

“But we’re open to almost anyone with a search warrant,” he said in an interview on Thursday. “A domestic violence warrant would be great.”

Harrison said the campaign presents a win-win situation where police can get information about people they might not be actively looking for, as he said the department is focused on issuing felony warrants for more serious crimes.

“We can’t do our work without the cooperation of the public, and we certainly can’t find people without their cooperation, so it’s a great way to remind people that we need them,” he said.

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