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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. -- Local law enforcement officials are learning a few new tricks of the trade in Midwest City.
The Internet is now changing the way police investigate crimes. Web sites like MySpace and Facebook are now valuable resources for police. Tuesday local officials took an in-depth look at just how much information they can obtain by logging on.
Convicted killer Kevin Underwood confessed his crime to police and he also discussed his crime in an Internet chat room. That online chat helped put Underwood away for life.
"We were able to recover chat logs and introduce them in court," Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Computer Crimes Unit Jim Ely said.
The Internet has become a valuable resource for law enforcement but it's also become a valuable resource for criminals.
"It's made the work we do, in some regards, very easy, we can do things more quickly" Moore Police Detective Chris Lamar said. "The flip side is its made life easier for the criminals too, so it has made life easier for them in a lot of ways."
Lamer said the more he knows about the Internet, the easier it is for him to convict criminals.