Tri-City law enforcement agencies will soon have software that will allow them to track personal accounts on a number of social media websites.

Benton County Commissioners this week approved $20,000 to buy the SnapTrends software to help investigators keep track of posts on websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

The Kennewick, Richland and Pasco police departments, as well as the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, will use the software.

A nearly $70,000 federal grant obtained by Benton County Emergency Management helped pay for the social media intelligence software — the first of its kind in the Tri-Cities. Variations of the software are used nationwide.

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