Twitter Becomes A New Police Tool

Posted: 13th April 2009 by Sus Scrofa in Science | Technology

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DALTON, Ga. (MyFOX ATLANTA) – A north Georgia police department is using the social networking website Twitter.com as a new tool against crime.

Bruce Frazier works with the Dalton Police Department and he is a “twitterer.”

Frazier said Twitter.com is a fast and easy way to get important information to the public.

“It doesn’t take any time at all. [Just] a snap of the fingers and its out there,” Frazier said.

Twitter is a social networking website. A user can type in a few lines, hit send and their message becomes available for other users to see.

Frazier said Twitter.com has become a very useful tool for law enforcement agencies.

“We haven’t had any amber alerts but if we did we could get the description out. In those cases, seconds count,” Frazier said.

The Dalton Police Department started using Twitter.com in January, just months after a bombing at a city law firm.

At the time of the bombing, a nearby school located directly across the street from the firm was placed on lockdown and the children were eventually moved. Frazier said Twitter.com would have been a useful tool.

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“If we had Twitter back then, I could have told parents where to pickup their children and things of that nature,” said Frazier.

The Dalton Police Department is working hard to get their word and their message out to the public using Twitter.com.

“If, God forbid something were to happen again, we have a much more efficient way to get information out,” Frazier said.

Frazier said the department has almost 100 viewers and the number continues to grow as word spreads.

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