Great news for people who care about their local police: November 1st marks the world’s second Global Police Tweet-a-thon. From 8 a.m. on Friday until 8 a.m. on Saturday, policemen and women all over the world will be tweeting up a storm.
This very cool google map above shows all of the agencies, throughout the world, that will take part in the event.
The objective for police departments, according to organizers, 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 every tweet contains the hashtag #poltwt.”
"We have participation from agencies in New Zealand and Kenya all over Europe, Canada and the US,” said Lauri Stevens, founder of LAwS Communications and organizer of the Global Police Tweet-a-thon. "We’re calling attention to the great police work being done globally as well as connecting cops around the world.”
The first Global Police Tweet-a-thon, last March, is reported to have reached 11 million people, with participation from 230 agencies from 10 countries. Tomorrow’s event should be bigger.
Police forces use it as an excuse to show cool videos, to tell locals about how to keep safe, or just to offer a view of what it's like on the job. Here are a few sample tweets from the last Global Police Tweet-a-thon to give you an idea of what’s in store:
Do you wish the police used social media more? Tell us in the comments or in a blog post.