Jul 26, 2014

Palos Park Police Tweet DUI Arrest, Saturday Night Shift in 'Ride-along'

Palos Park police officers residents to hop on in and enjoy their weekend shift, in a real-time Twitter ride-along.

Palos Park Police Tweet DUI Arrest, Saturday Night Shift in 'Ride-along'
Palos Park residents got a glimpse inside a night shift for a Palos Park police officer this weekend.

For the first time, residents were invited to ride along on local patrols without leaving comfort of their own homes, when Palos Park police rolled out its first Twitter-Ride-Along this weekend.

From 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, Officer Chibe tweeted throughout his patrol shift, offering a real-time view of a night on the beat in Palos Park—from pulling out-of-town municipal officials out of ditches to traffic stops and chasing perps.

This weekend's reports included a DUI, pulling cars of out ditches, and uncovering cannabis in a car.

“Virtual ride-alongs are an extension of our social media outreach, whether it be Twitter or Facebook,” Palos Park Police Chief Joe Miller said. “Many departments are active on Twitter and our goal is to have a number of social media-trained officers tweet during their shifts once a month from our Twitter account.”

“When new information is coming out every second, it will be easier to send this information out,” Police Commissioner Dan Polk said.

To get a better glimpse of the officer's night, or to follow the Palos Park Police Department on Twitter visit  www.twitter.com/palosparkpolice.

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