On March 22, law enforcement agencies around the world will connect via Twitter to participate in a 24-hour Tweet-a-Thon to bring attention to the use of social media by law enforcement. Agencies will tweet using the same hashtag, #poltwt, to create awareness about police work and issues police face as well as to promote the use of social media in policing.
The Mountain View Police Department will participate in the Tweet-a-Thon by tweeting various calls for service and educating the worldwide audience about MVPD and the great community we serve. In the Bay Area, Palo Alto PD, East Palo Alto PD, Los Gatos/Monte Sereno PD, and Fremont PD will also be participating. For a Google map of worldwide participating agencies, please see http://goo.gl/maps/Hqkgf.
“We are excited to bring together police agencies around the world in this first of its kind social media event,” said Lauri Stevens, founder of LAwS Communications and organizer of the Global Police Tweet-a-thon. “We hope it sends the message to non-law enforcement that their police officers are up to speed with social media, and that they should use the channel to talk with police officers and to be stewards of public safety.”
There are currently more than 160 agencies participating from the U.S., Canada, UK, Sweden, Iceland, and Australia. Any agency can join the Tweet-a-thon and tweet any portion of the 24-hour period. For a list of participating agencies, please visit https://twitter.com/ConnectedCOPS/police-tweet-a-thon-2013/members.
MVPD remains committed in using social media to communicate, engage, and educate our community in our efforts to fight crime and make Mountain View a great place to live, work, and play. We encourage you to follow us on our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Pinterest) to stay up to date on crime prevention issues, breaking public safety news, and to learn more about the men and women who work to keep Mountain View safe. Sign up for a Nixle account to receive community alerts and bulletins in your email and/or cell phone.