Taken to the social media blitz among law enforcement agencies in recent months, the Tampa Police Department (TPD) invites its audience to interact with its police officers on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 6 p.m. until midnight via Twitter feed. Akin to doing a "ride-along" with a police officer, participants can experience what a Tampa cop is enduring while on patrol in the city limits of Tampa.
Aptly dubbed "Tweet-along" by the Tampa PD, the public can correspond with Tampa police officers via Twitter. Questions and answers are traded in real-time. The full effect of police action is delivered via the Twitter feed.
Although Tampa PD has been conducting these "Tweet-along" experiences over the past few months, it is finding a growing interest in the concept.
One of many ways in which TPD has deftly utilized social media to maintain relations with the public, the "Tweet-along" idea has expanded recently to include the department's Aviation Unit.
Last week, Tampa Police Department police officers assigned to its Aviation Unit took to the skies --and airwaves-- and conducted its first-ever "Fly-along" via a Twitter link. Similar to the "Tweet-along," the "Fly-along" received questions from people via the department's Twitter account and responded with answers.
Questions pertaining to the Aviation Unit's purposes, equipment, training, and success stories were answered.
Similarly, the "Tweet-along" has police officers in police cruisers receive questions regarding police observations, legal aspects, arrest procedures, training requirements, and an exposure to the proper mindset to survive the perils of street patrol.
Interested parties can join in the excitement via Tampa Police Department Twitter account @TampaPD and #POLTWT.
For upcoming, scheduled "Tweet-along" and "Fly-along" events, the Tampa Police Department Facebook page announces dates and times in advance.
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