Denton Police Tweet Emergency Calls

Department to tweet its business

By Bruce Felps
|  Friday, Mar 25, 2011  |  Updated 10:00 PM CDT
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For eight hours, Denton police posted its patrol calls on Twitter.

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by Bruce Felps

Police scanners remain a staple office supply in most newsrooms, injury attorneys’ offices, and the living rooms of people leading vicarious lives.

That could change, though, if today’s Denton Police Department Twitter feed catches on.

The department, from 8 this morning until 5 this afternoon, will tweet all the calls that come into its 911 center. People who follow the little-DPD’s Twitter account will receive messages about officers dealing with domestic disputes, car crashes, bank robberies, and those pesky neighbors who keep disturbing the peace by playing their loud hippo-hop music. Damn kids.

Exact locations and personal information will be stripped from the Twitter feeds, so the Texas Hammer can wipe that drool off his mouth, but the department wants to give the citizenry an idea of what dispatchers and officers face during the course of just another day at work.

Should be somewhat entertaining and at times horrifying. A quick perusal shows calls for assault, harassment, private property accident, ID theft, and a missing person, plus some exchanges between what must be officers and their Twitter fans.

Somewhere there’s bound to be an office pool on the next incident reported … other than the one in the 911 center.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He doesn’t tweet because, let’s face it, Mr. Wordysmith can’t say “hello” in fewer than 140 characters.
 

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