‘Tweet along’ connects people and police; Helps solve crimes

PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN)– Police departments across the country are using social media to inform people about local crime trends, and to engage with the community.

Friday, anyone with internet access could see what Police Chief Bruce Jamison was up to,  as he patrolled the streets of Piqua.

He recalled the first time Facebook helped his department find a shooting suspect, after posting a photo of a man they wanted to talk to, “Within 10 minutes it reached I think 1200 people.”

It proved to be just as successful a few days ago, “The more followers we get on Twitter, the more likes we get on Facebook, whenever I post a crime trend– we just had that this week– and got really good feedback that helped us solve the case rather quickly.”

When he isn’t using Twitter or Facebook for police work, Chief Jamison said it helps him stay connected with the people in his city.

Behind the badge–a man with a heart for children, giving Friday’s ‘Tweet along’ another purpose.

Chief Jamison will be hitting the dance floor April 5, for Dancing with the Piqua Stars.

The proceeds will benefit the Piqua Arts Council, an organization he praised for providing a missing piece, “We have a lot of poverty in this town, and not a lot of opportunity for kids to get that piece of what can be so crucial for some people more than others.”

The chief has raised $1,200.

He created this website for anyone who would like to donate.

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