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Prince George’s County Police Department uses Twitter to take followers on a virtual ride

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Published on: Friday, June 21, 2013

By Nicole Jones

The Prince George’s County Police Department gave Twitter followers an inside look into news as it happened Wednesday night during its TweetAlong.

The TweetAlong focused on two of the department’s Robbery Suppression Teams as they conducted saturation patrols in hot-spot crime areas.

Followers virtually watched as police officers arrested a suspect who had a gun stashed in the car, cleared the scene of an attempted citizen robbery and broke up two house parties. 

“The community gets a better understanding of law enforcement in general, but it also gives citizens a chance to interact, albeit virtually, with various members of the Prince George’s County Police Department,” said Julie Parker, manager of public affairs.

The targeted areas were District I and District III. District I includes Adelphi, College Park, Hyattsville and Bladensburg. District III includes Landover, Palmer Park, Forestville, Capitol Heights and Seat Pleasant.

Followers of the #PGPDTweetAlong hashtag requested the Police Department implement more virtual ride-alongs.

“More tweet alongs please… definitely the most entertaining police tweets in the DMV,” tweeted @rgulstone .

Since the department’s first TweetAlong in fall 2012, Prince George’s County Police Department officials have seen success and support from the community.

“People respond very positively to photos, especially when we post pictures of weapons and drugs that our officers have taken off the streets,” Parker said.

Prince George’s County Police Department is not new to social networks. The department also uses Facebook, YouTube and Nixle to keep the community up-to-date on news and events.

On March 22, Prince George’s County Police Department participated in the first 24-hour global police tweet-a-thon, which included more than 90 police departments from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Sweden, Iceland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom sharing officers’ daily duties with Twitter followers.

Another TweetAlong is scheduled for late this summer. The date and time has not been announced.

Related: Storify: Prince George's County Police Department takes to Twitter for TweetAlong

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