Most of the postings by the cops are crime and arrest reports. The public can send in tips, etc.
The public can also post comments on police reports. The latest police posting is mug shots includes mug shots of a couple of teenage shoplifting suspects. There are a dozen comments from the public making fun of them.
People complain about government not being transparent and responsive to the public. Why doesn't the PAPD set up a Facebook page like this so we know what is going on in our town? Public involvement in the crime fighting process can only reduce crime around town.
Facebook is a local Palo Alto company. Why don't they help fight crime in their own city?