Palo Alto police to host Twitter 'virtual ride-along'
Original post made on Nov 8, 2012
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on Nov 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm
This makes sense. It's a bit of a wonder why it's taken them this long to give this sort of outreach a go.
Given how many times a poster who goes by the handle "Phil from North Palo Alto" has opined that the police could not possible do one thing more because they are so overworked, and underfunded..this exercise will demonstrate that the cost of using Twitter is free, and all these folks have to do is pay attention to their Twitter account, and answer the questions. This is a no-brainer with no expense (other than possibly some overtime for the Public Affairs Officer).
Couldn't hurt if the archive this (and any future) "virtual ridealongs" on the police web-site, too.
By the way, could someone from the Police Department comment on if the officers will be using cellphones, or if the cruisers now have Internet via some other communications protocols?
This a very low-cost way to help educate the public about what goes on out on the street in Palo Alto. Looking forward to the event.
on Nov 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm
Ducatigirl is a registered user.
Sounds like a great idea. People can really get a clue from a day in the life of PAPD.
Realistically, though, how much time would a virtual ride-along consume? Can the ride be terminated at any point?
on Nov 8, 2012 at 9:17 pm
I can see the tweets now
"Officer Smith is reaching for the glazed, no he's going for the jelly filled, this is getting ugly. Call for backup"
I kid, this sounds like a great idea. Just hope it's not a slow day.