It's not the first time I've seen news stories about law enforcement on the social Web (see links below), but the Washington Post reports it's the first time police in the DC area have established a MySpace profile. The Arlington, Va., Police Department is "hoping that children who use MySpace will add the department to their lists of 'top friends' to discourage sexual predators from contacting them." A retired detective suggested the profile and some "George Washington University criminal justice students working as interns for the police department put the page together and will monitor and update it. On its first day, the Arlington police MySpace page signed up 12 'friends,' mostly other police departments." For other, earlier, examples, see "Law enforcement on the social Web," "Police on MySpace," and
"Teens arrested for uploaded video."