Over the years, I marvel at how things are changing within our communities. How each day, more and more businesses and organizations are getting involved in contributing to growth through social media, changing the way businesses and people interact online.
People from all walks of life are now fully engaged on Twitter. Bob does it, The Dragon’s do it, and even the British Monarchy does it. In 140 characters or less, – people, businesses, and organizations are sharing “what’s up” with their lives on Twitter.
Tweeting & Policing
Through Twitter, I reached out to the Port Moody Police Dept, and the Coquitlam RCMP because of how they engage the community with information on what’s happening around us. I wanted to know why our finest interact on Twitter.
“Since the adoption of the community policing model in the 1970s police agencies have spent a lot of time and energy building relationships with the communities they serve. The point is to create communities where people are safe, where people feel safe and where people and police work well together and have a strong, ongoing relationship.” –Coquitlam RCMP
We all like to know what’s going on right? Both the Coquitlam RCMP and Port Moody Police Dept use Twitter to connect and build on relationships with the communities they serve. By sharing relevant, and current information about where we live, we feel safe and confident knowing what going on.
It’s my belief that to be truly engaged with the public, you must interact with the public. And both the Port Moody Police Dept and Coquitlam RCMP have implemented solid social media campaigns into their daily routines. In fact – Tweeting and policing is far from uncommon – thousands of police forces across North America engage in some kind of interaction with followers on Twitter.
Go along on a Tweet-Along
Wikipedia has yet to immortalize the term Tweet-Along, however the concept is simple. Police share Tweets and information in real time while on shift. It’s similar to a ride-a-long minus the danger.
“The idea was inspired by the interest that parts of the community have in the work that the police do. I believe that the tweet-alongs are well received by the community as we receive many positive comments about them. We have a fairly significant following in the United States and have received comments indicating that people are hopeful that their police departments will run one too.” – Port Moody PD
Following the police on Twitter is a great way to see what’s happening in our own backyards (if you don’t mind the occasional bombardment in your feed), and it’s a great way for our police to engage, interact, and inform the public through social media, but it still leaves me with one question: Do they (the police) Tweet and drive?