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Law Enforcement Participates in Twitter-a-thon

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Social media is part of how most of us communicate these days. And it's no different for police agencies who are expanding their presence on Twitter today as part of a global Tweet-a-thon. By participating, law enforcement hopes it will give citizens a better understanding of how and when they'll use social media.

Hundreds of law enforcement agencies from across the globe are participating in a Tweet-a-thon today. Locally, both the Appleton PD and the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office are taking part.

Sgt. Dave Lund from the Appleton Police Department says, "It's really just a good chance for law enforcement to talk about what they do on a daily basis. Also gives us a chance to showcase one element of our social media that we use."

While both departments admit they're sending out more tweets today than they normally do, they can attest to the importance of using social media and especially Twitter to release information. For example, the Appleton Police Department recently used its twitter account to keep the public informed about a standoff situation on S. Harmon Street last month. The department sent out seven tweets during the almost seven hour incident.

It's situations like the standoff or a bad crash when both departments say twitter is something they'll use to their advantage.

"If we have major incidents going on that people need to be aware of we are able to that live because it is such a neat platform that we can get out to people much more quickly," says Lt. Lara Vendola-Messer with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office.

Both agencies however want followers to know that their Twitter accounts aren't manned 24-hours a day 7-days a week, but they tell us they'll try to use them often in the event of big incidents. And the rest of the time they will tweet out interesting information or crime prevention techniques.

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