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Police Seek Valentine's Turning In Exes; Critic Fears Revenge Schemes

Several police departments are encouraging people to reject romantic tradition and instead turn their exes in this Valentine’s Day, the Washington Post reports. If a former flame wronged you and they happen to have outstanding warrants or drugs in their car, the Port Orange, Fl., Police Department is ready to take action. "Give us a call with their location and we’ll take care of the rest,” the department wrote on Facebook. At least two other police departments have posted the same message on their Facebook accounts, including Louisiana’s Lake Arthur Police Department and Georgia’s Rockmart Police. In an unorthodox strategy to encourage coming forward with tips, agencies are offering a Valentine’s Day “month-long special.” The “special” includes "a set of limited-edition platinum bracelets, free transportation with a chauffeur, a one-night minimum stay in luxurious accommodations and professional glamour shots that will be posted on online for all to enjoy,". “Genius!“ one poster wrote. “Somebody give this social media manager a raise!” another said. Lisa Remington, a cashier from Edgewater, Fl., said she feared that the invitation to submit information about exes could prompt people to act out of spite and revenge without providing solid information. Maria Haberfeld, chair of the law and police science department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, called the police campaigns “inappropriate” and warned of the dangers of trivializing criminal conduct. Haberfeld said such initiatives could possibly incite people “to provide false information as part of a revenge scheme” and added it could put the potential informers “on a path of danger, if and when one of the ‘exes’ finds out who provided the police with the information.”

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