Police e-crime manager Maarten Kleintjes confirmed that teenagers had been invited to help police with language used on social networking sites and message-boards.
"We can invite anyone to give us a hand if there's an investigation and we have asked teenagers on occasions – to come to grips with some of the terminology and jargon that they use... One officer had a lady at the counter who he had no idea what she was talking about – she said she had been ripped off by pop-ups [a form of on-line advertising]."
19 August 2008
'OMG busted, LOL!'
The Dominion has reported that New Zealand police e-crime units are being assisted by teenagers, who help to fill in the blanks in some officers' knowledge of online jargon:
Here's hoping these youthful crime-fighters will help to stem the onrushing tide of lolcat-related illegality and l33tspeak-based criminal codes.
- Dominion Post, 19 August 2008