Kennesaw Police join 24-hour worldwide Twitter blitz

7:25 PM, Mar 22, 2013   |    comments
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KENNESAW, Ga. -- From Kennesaw to San Diego, from Dunwoody to the offices of the FBI, Hampton, England and even police departments in Tokyo are showing us the power and reach of social media and Twitter.

In the spotlight, transparency on what police do and how effective instant communication can be.

No matter where police are on Friday, March 22 (and through 8 a.m. Saturday, March 23), and no matter where you are, Twitter has you sitting in the front seat of the police car.

You can ride along in this first-ever police global connection through social media.

The global police "Tweet-a-Thon" is proving the value of using social media to communicate with your local police department and the value for police in communicating with each other-all in real time.

"It gives everybody a glimpse on what law enforcement is like throughout the day," said Sgt. Brice Barth of the Kennesaw Police Department.

"It's not just out there for the community to use to keep up with family and friends, but it's also for the police department to keep a bridge of communications open between the community and the department," said Scott Luther, a Kennesaw Police Department Officer.

It's teaching the public to use twitter to get quick answers to questions.

Tweets are received in seconds and answered as quickly as police officers can get to them.

"Social media is basically a place to get your questions answered. You can give us tips and suggestions. We even take complaints over social media," Barth added.

But police emphasize don't use Twitter in any emergency.

"If you have an emergency or anything that requires immediate police presence you definitely want to call 911," Barth said.

Although police operators are on duty 24 hours a day, the global "Tweet-a-thon reminds you that you can reach out on twitter when time is not of the essence.

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