Ever been on a police ride-along? How about a virtual one?
On Friday night, Colorado Springs police gave people in Twitterverse an opportunity to see what goes on during an average Friday night patrol shift at the Sand Creek Division in southeast Colorado Springs (Sand Creek officers patrol the area south of Galley Road and east of Union Boulevard).
During the Tweet-along, police tweeted about traffics stops, domestic disturbances, fights, welfare checks and shots fired calls. (View all the tweets by clicking the link: #CSPDtweetalong).
CSPD joins a growing list of law enforcement agencies around the country who are giving Twitter users the chance to log on and catch a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of day-to-day police work.
The social media trend has been described as a way for police officers to increase transparency and engage with the community. It’s also a trend happening around the world. In fact, ConnectCops.net has hosted three Global Tweet-A-Thons . (Click here for a wrap up of their latest #poltwt event)
Here’s a little bit of what went on in Colorado Springs tonight:
Sgt. Koch has been with CSPD for 12 years and has worked as a detective in both the homicide and crimes against children units.
The Tweet-Along kicked off with a welfare check followed by this:
Unsurprisingly, it turned out to be about shrimp.
But that wasn’t the only food-related incident:
Police officers also recovered a gun from an 11-year-old boy at a neighborhood near Sierra High School just before 7 p.m.
What do you think? Would you like to see more of these kinds of things from CSPD?