To Raise Public Awareness Ga. Police Spend Day on Twitter


For Dunwoody Police Sgt. Jason Dove, Friday was far from an ordinary day. In addition to his regular duties, Dove spent the day tweeting every move he and his fellow officers made. It was part of a 24-hour push by Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan to show people exactly what officers go through each day.

"The reason for transparency is it helps build trust in the government," said Grogan. "So we hope it will build continued trust in our department."

Many calls were routine security checks and traffic stops, but some were more out-of-the-ordinary. A two-car accident on I-285 turned into a felony arrest after the officer on scene realized one of the drivers was wanted on drug charges out of Cobb County.

"It gives them a snapshot in to what we do everyday," said Grogan.

But with all that information so easy to find online, CBS Atlanta wanted to know if there were any concerns about officer safety, or criminals knowing too much.

"I don't think so," said Grogan. "We're not doing this real time. We're certainly not doing this before we get there, so it's after the situation is over."

Grogan said the information tweeted doesn't include any details that aren't public record. People who live and work in the area said it's a good way to be informed.

"I'll follow them and see if I get useful information," said Tara Brown. "If not, I'll stop following them."

And some social media phobics said it might even convince them to log on.

"It's an excuse to learn how to twitter," said Janet Pfeiffer. "I just don't have any reason to right now."

Grogan said, although they may repeat the project a few times each year, it will not become a daily practice.

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