CPD utilizes Twitter as social media continues to expand - FOX 32 News Chicago

CPD utilizes Twitter as social media continues to expand

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The life of a cop is not what you see in TV shows.

Twitter followers of the Chicago Police 14th District got a behind the scenes look at what two veteran officers do on a typical night.

“They want to know what we do and how we do it, and it makes sense. We're certainly interested in being transparent about how we do things, so this is just the natural progression for us," said Captain Mark Buslik of the Chicago Police 14th District.

The 14th District has had its Twitter account for just over a year. It has more than 1,300 followers.

"Social media is here to stay. It's not going anywhere," said Commander Francis Valadez, also of the 14th District.

Valadez had the task of figuring out how to communicate with the tech-savvy district community. Twitter is one of the major ways people keep up with what is going on around them.

“It’s a way of us getting out to them, and it's a way of them kind of getting that contact with us," Valadez added.

The Chicago Police Department certainly isn't alone in this endeavor. Evanston Police have also been tweeting for more than a year, and Niles Police have been tweeting more than two years.

Niles Twitter tweeted at FOX 32 News: "We use Twitter to provide infographics on public safety issues, to warn about crime trends and in progress events. Our goal is to provide a place our followers can be engaged & interact with our police department."

FOX 32 caught up with Chicago Police as they assisted another district handling a situation about a stolen car. They made sure to tweet about it, and are live tweeting just for the night to give the community a glimpse into what they do every day.

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