UT Police Department hosts 24 hour Tweet-Along

UT Police Department hosts 24 hour Tweet-Along

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The public is getting a chance to ride along with University of Tennessee Police, virtually. The public is getting a chance to ride along with University of Tennessee Police, virtually.
The department is hosting a Tweet-Along on its Twitter page to show the campus community a day in the life of its officers. The department is hosting a Tweet-Along on its Twitter page to show the campus community a day in the life of its officers.
The department is tweeting out information on every call they respond to for 24 hours straight. The department is tweeting out information on every call they respond to for 24 hours straight.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The public is getting a chance to ride along with University of Tennessee Police, virtually.

The department is hosting a Tweet-Along on its Twitter page to show the campus community a day in the life of its officers.

If you follow the department on Twitter already, you may have noticed a few more tweets. The department is tweeting out information on every call they respond to for 24 hours straight.

"Anywhere from traffic stops to an arrest for any various crimes," said UTPD Officer Cedric Roach.

UTPD got the idea from other police departments who've hosted similar tweet-along days. Seeing how it bolstered their social media following, they decided to host their own.

"We realize that we need to give out information where people are getting their information from," said Roach.

While most students we spoke with say they won't be following along, they do like the idea of better communication from UTPD.

"I definitely want to find out about stuff sooner like the shooting that happened," said UT Senior Rebecca Davis. "I didn't find out about it until I was in the library a long time after."

The shooting Davis is referring to is the one that happened Feb. 4 near Highland Avenue and 13th Street in Fort Sanders that left two people injured.

"My family was freaking out and I wanted to let them know, but I didn't know," said Davis.

UT is hoping Twitter and other social media outlets will help them get future information out faster.

"Social media is great and you reach a wide audience and it's not just who we put something out to, but things can be retweeted or reposted through Facebook," said Roach.

Now they're just hoping people will follow along.     

You can follow the tweet-along by following @UTPolice or #UTPDBeat. It goes until 8 a.m. on Friday. 

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