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#Poltwt Wrap-Up

          The third Global Police Tweet-a-thon is just behind us. According to Bright Planet the third #poltwt saw over 15,000 original tweets from 1,000 unique users. A map of the officially registered users is on Google. The most common device or app used was Twitter for iPhone, followed by the web-based […]

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#poltwt, ConnectedCOPS, Global Police Tweet-a-thon, SM Use | Comments Off on Global Police Tweet-a-thon, the sequel

Global Police Tweet-a-thon, the sequel

Next Global Police Tweet-a-thon is November 1st! History in the making March 22nd of this year was an epic day for law enforcement. It was the day over 200 law enforcement agencies all across the western hemisphere took to Twitter for 24 hours or a portion thereof to tweet about their work. With the hashtag #poltwt, we trended from New Zealand west to Australia, across Europe and then from the east coast of North America  in a wave across to the west coast. On November 1st, will make history one again. In March, we reached over 11M people with 48,842 tweets in 23 different languages. We hope to make the next #poltwt ever bigger. Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov 1st until 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov 2nd, in your local timezone, tweet any or all of the 24 hours. The Objective The overall purpose of the tweet-a-thon is to call attention to policing as well as to police use of social media. Each agency sets its own goals beyond that and tweets whatever portion of the 24 hours that works for you. The only “rule” is that ever tweet contains the hashtag #poltwt To sign up: Email Lauri Stevens...

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Global Police Tweet-a-thon, law enforcement, missing persons, police, Russell Webster, SM Use, Twitter | Comments Off on Police and public combine on social media to find missing persons

Police and public combine on social media to find missing persons

Missing in action I recently posted about the increasing number of ways that social media is being used for social good – including saving the lives of human rights workers. Now social media – and Twitter in particular – is becoming the mainstream way of locating missing people. I was slightly surprised when I reviewed five UK police Facebook pages recently and found that a third of the most popular posts related to missing persons. @BrightPlanet were kind enough to share the data they harvested from the recent Global Police Tweetathon and I found that 330 of the 9,836 tweets from UK forces sent on 22 March this year were also about missing persons. It’s no surprise that police use social media for this purpose though. I’ve come across two successful outcomes in the last month.   West Midlands Police find “escaped” patient A 75 year old man with dementia wandered away from a hospital in Birmingham last Saturday. @WMPolice were contacted by the hospital at 2 p.m. and immediately posted requests for information on Twitter and Facebook at the same time as they started a major police search. Less than an hour later, a member of the public who saw the social media messages...

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Global Police Tweet-a-thon

Several police agencies have held tweet-a-thons or tweet-the-beat events to create awareness of police work call attention to issues. A few of us have been talking a while about holding an event where police agencies everywhere could have whatever model of tweet-a-thon they want but on the same day and time in an effort to increase visiblity even more. That date for the Global Police Tweet-a-thon has been set for March 22nd of 2013 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing for 24 hours. Any police agency can join and tweet any portion of the 24 hour period. Early entries are from all over Texas and the rest of the U.S. with a few committed from Canada and the UK. Our hope is to get agencies from as many countries involved as possible. The Mesa County Sheriff in Colorado is one of the agency’s to throw its sheriff’s hat in early. PIO Heather Benjamin explained it this way, “The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office hopes to share a small piece of Western Colorado with the world and highlight the positive aspects of law enforcement. In addition, we look forward to partnering with law enforcement globally through social media. Exciting times!” And in...

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