Over the last few years, the spread of online discussions through social media has helped to establish and maintain stronger connections between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.
Replacing this month’s #askSPS chat on Twitter is #spscalls. On Friday, March 22, 2013, from 8pm – 2am, we will be giving you the inside scoop.
So far in March, our call takers have fielded and dispatched an average of 236 calls for service every day. These calls can range from traffic tie-ups to break-in’s to armed robberies, and on the rare and unfortunate occasion, homicides.
Based on similar initiatives by the Vancouver Police Department and RCMP ‘F’ Division, we want to show you what our officers deal with on a regular Friday night.
This initiative will also be part of the first ever Global Tweet-A-Thon that has over 150 law enforcement agencies participating from across eight countries. The goal of the Tweet-A-Thon is to bring attention to the use of social media by law enforcement agencies. Agencies will contribute to the global conversation using the same hashtag, #poltwt, to create awareness about the police work and issues that police forces face as well as to promote the use of social media in policing.
For safety and privacy reasons, we have a few guidelines that the information released will follow:
Types of Calls: Police are frequently called to highly sensitive situations, including suicides, and domestic and sexual assaults. For victim sensitivity, these calls will not be tweeted.
Specifics: Follow-up questions and specific questions relating to open files will not be addressed so as to maintain integrity of the investigation, victim privacy, and public and officer safety.
Location: Specific locations of calls will not be included in the tweet. Rather, they will be categorized into the three divisions of the city (Northwest / Central / East).
For those not on Twitter, you can still follow #spscalls by visiting TweetChat.