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Department to share entire day's police work on Twitter
Department to share entire day's police work on Twitter

Winter Haven, Florida -- In what they're calling a "virtual ride-along" with officers, Winter Haven police plan to post constant updates online during an entire 12-hour shift of service.

Officers will be live-tweeting how they're handling crimes and calls for service from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 12th.

The posts will go up as they happen on Twitter. You can follow the day-long event by following the Winter Haven Police Department's Twitter account, @WHPoliceDept.

Planners are calling it "Tweeting the Beat" and say you'll hear about "calls for service, crimes in progress, arrests, vehicle crashes and anything else that may come up during the course of the shift."

Some law enforcement agencies occasionally offer 'ride-alongs," where local leaders or everyday people can climb into a patrol car for a shift.

In a news release, the department says, "For anyone who has ever want[ed] to be engaged in riding with an officer, but doesn't have the time to ride a full 12-hour shift, this is the opportunity to be involved!"

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