Twin Falls Police Using Twitter: Will You Check It Out?

Twin Falls


By Michelle Costa

TWIN FALLS, ID (KMVT TV) - Social networking is a big part of many people's lives, and now, more police are turning to the internet to help with their police work.

In addition, it's a great way for police to offer tips to the public.

Just last week, the Twin Falls Police Department officially joined twitter.

As social networking sites grow in popularity, the Twin Falls Police Department is tapping in.

Officer Luke Allen is an officer by trade and a twitter by chance.

With few keystrokes, Officer Allen is telling the world what the police department is up to.

"Twitter is real simple. It's a real simple message, but I think it's good. I can do three or four or five messages a day of what's going on. Give updates on traffic, high profile crimes. If something happens, we need to instantly get the information out and that's how we're looking at it. We can provide correct information quickly that the social networking sites,” said Officer Luke Allen, Twin Falls Police Department.

Not only is it about giving information, it's also about getting it.

"When we have something that we need the public to help us out on, I'll update it four or five times a day just so they have an idea of what's going on and how they can help,” said Officer Allen.

The police said they joined twitter to offer tips and talk directly to the public so will people use it?

"I don't think I would use. I don't know if it's a very good idea," said Lindsay Lancaster, Doesn’t see a need.

“Maybe. Yeah. I think I could use it. Just to see what's up,” said Chris Maddox, Likes the idea.

"It's not something that I would use. I think it's just too much,” said Joel Miller, Won’t use it.

"I don't use Twitter, but I think it's probably a good idea for the community," said Whitnee Johnson, Good for community.

It's only been days since the police department starting tweeting and already they have more than 30 followers.

For the police, fighting crime in this day and age may only be a few tweets away.

You can follow on twitter@twinfallspd.

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