Over 160 law enforcement agencies around the world are participating in the first ever, 24 hour global police tweet-a-thon. They're tweeting to bring awareness to police work and promote the use of social media by law enforcement. YNN's Erin Moran caught up with one local police department, the only one in New York State, participating in the global tweet-a-thon.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- “Obviously, it's a huge thing these days. Everyone has a Facebook or a Twitter,” said Timothy Hardy, Whitehall Police Patrol Officer.
That’s the reason why the Whitehall Police Department is on Facebook and Twitter, as well. And they're using their twitter account to draw attention to law enforcement on social media by participating in the first ever 24 hour global police tweet-a-thon.
“When I saw this come up I thought it was kind of interesting to be able to join agencies all across the nation and let the public know, 'we are here, we're on social media, we all have websites, we're just as interactive as everyone else,'” said Hardy.
For a small town like Whitehall, with a population of around 3000, Hardy said twitter is great for keeping the community up-to-date on anything from road closures, and weather parking bans, to more serious issues.
“…major missing persons cases, anything where you could mass just get the word out as soon as possible,” Hardy said.
The Whitehall Police Department has been on Twitter for over two years now. By participating in the 24 hour global tweet-a-thon, Hardy said it only brings more attention to the power social media plays in today's society, even for law enforcement agencies as small as Whitehall PD.
“I think being involved in social media and now that it's the thing to do today, everybody's on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, whatever it is, for us to be knowledgeable in everything that's going on in the world, only helps us protect everyone else just as well as we can,” said Hardy.
The Whitehall PD is the only agency in New York participating in the tweet-a-thon, spreading their message in 140 characters or less.