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Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace says that social media can be helpful to law enforcement, but also can get in the way sometimes. Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace says that social media can be helpful to law enforcement, but also can get in the way sometimes.
"It can be useful in a lot of instances, but used irresponsibly it can cause a lot of harm," "It can be useful in a lot of instances, but used irresponsibly it can cause a lot of harm,"
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace says that social media can be helpful to law enforcement, but also can get in the way sometimes.

Pace says people sometime take pictures of fatal accidents, put them on social media, and the families of victims learn of the death of their loved one, before a trained officer can tell them what has happened.

While the sheriff realizes the technology is here to stay, he wishes people would stop and think about the information they are sending and whether it is actually true.

"Everybody is entitled to their opinion and that's fine," said Pace. "But when you are posting it as if it were fact , did you hear that, and state it in a manner that sounds like it's fact, and then it's re-posted hundreds of times, and multiple people read it, they begin to think that's what happened, and in many cases it's nowhere near the truth, it's what somebody decided to put on it."

WLBT did not initiate the conversation about social media with the sheriff. He brought it up and said he would be happy to go public with his feelings and that is how this story came to be.

"It can be useful in a lot of instances, but used irresponsibly it can cause a lot of harm," added Pace.

All the sheriff is asking is that people give it some thought before putting material on social media and think about what it could do to families.

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