Winnebago County Sheriff's Department Participates in Tweet-A-Thon
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CREATED Mar. 22, 2013
Social media is becoming a major tool for law enforcement.. To help keep people informed today, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department participated in an international "tweet-a-thon" giving the public a behind the scenes look at the ttypical day of a police officer.
Over 100 law enforcement agencies from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom participated in the tweet-a-thon. The Winnebago County Sheriffs Department is using social media to keep people informed of crime around the county.
The winnebago county sheriff's department gets a fair amount of 9-1-1 calls. Captain Todd Christie says Facebook and Twitter is a good way to inform the public of crime in the area.
"We realize that many of the younger generation now get their information via social media," says Captain Todd Christie of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department.
Amanda Prio of Oshgosh is part of that younger generation and she says the public needs to know what law enforcement is responding to everyday.
"I don't know one person that doesn't have a smart phone anymore or that doesn't have internet access," says Amanda Prio of Oshgosh.
The sheriff's department participated in a tweet-a-thon today to let residents know what they are up to, but that's not all.
"Now we're using it to assist us in our investigations and puts more eyes in the community," says Christie.
And as crime continues in northeast wisconsin, social media is...
"Going to be something that we're going to continue with," says Christie.
"It's a perfect way to get people updated," says Preo.
A tool for law enforcement agencies across the country.
Today was the first global tweet-a-thon for law enforcement agencies, but the winnebago sheriff's department has reported previous crimes through social media.