On February 10, 2009, the Sun Newspaper announced that Hennepin County launched a YouTube program to assist law enforcement to catch the county’s ten most wanted fugitives as well as photos of about a dozen people with felony warrants. Because of the popularity of YouTube, law enforcement believes that tips from viewers will help catch these fugitives.
Currently on the YouTube Most Wanted site is embedded the first two episodes, which have already been viewed 1,596 and 498 times, respectively. The Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers of Minnesota co-produce the program. You can also view it on city cable-TV channels. The Sun Newspapers also plans to carry it at mnsun.com.
To keep up with current technology, Crime Stoppers recently began accepting tips via text messaging. You can send a text tip to text “TIP674” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).