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SCV Sheriff's Station Deputies Enjoy 'Transparency' During Tweet-Along

The numbers are in, and Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials who participated in a first-ever global Tweet-Along, are calling the event a success, officials said Tuesday.


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 “Every day, we are using social media to engage the community that we serve, and we saw this as an excellent opportunity to further that involvement,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Dubin and Sgt. Daren Harris, both members of the station’s Crime Prevention Unit, took part in the event from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Station’s Twitter handle, @SCVSHERIFF, has more than 3,730 followers, as of Tuesday.

While Harris drove, Dubin tweeted about everything from an 8 a.m. citation for an open container of alcohol to the towing of an unlicensed, unregistered vehicle.

“The event was a great way to showcase transparency in law enforcement,” Dubin said. 

Dubin also Tweeted facts and figures to the station’s Twitter following:

SCV Sheriff@SCVSHERIFF22 Mar
It is rpt wrt / process paperwork time. Did you know that scv deputies write & process over 22,000 rpts annually.#LASD#poltwt

SCV Sheriff ‏@SCVSHERIFF22 Mar\
Did you know? Since 12:00am this morning (03-22-13)@SCVSHERIFF deputies have responded to approx 157 calls for service.#LASD#poltwt

The Sheriff’s Department’s website receives approximately 1.2 million unique page views each month, according the department figures.

The event saw participation from law enforcement officials from around the world from March 22-23, including New Zealand, Canada and Sweden.

BrightPlanet  tallied the final results from the Global Law Enforcement Tweet-a-Thon, which counted more than 200 police departments from at least 10 countries,

Using the hash tag #poltwt, the site was able to track more than 48,000 tweets from 15,621  users.

Some other interesting numbers the website BrightPlanet  listed:
18,092 – Total Number of Retweets
15,621 Total Number of Twitter Users
23 – Total Number of Different Languages
11,203,796 – Total Outreach (Total of all 15,621 users followers)

The site also listed a few of the most populat Tweets:

The most retweeted tweets so far mention everything from theft to a missing child:
RT @hantsyotcop: I’m not the fashion police but this could be an #awkwardmoment you may want to avoid #poltwt http://t.co/52J3ssklIq
RT @GMPNewtonHeath: Male detained in shop in Newton Heath stealing tea bags. Gave his name as Earl Grey #poltwt
RT @FBIPressOffice: Since 1967, police agencies nationwide have used the FBI’s NCIC to check crime records #poltwt http://t.co/FYffghkAU
RT @OttawaPolice: RT if you promise to always drive sober. #poltwt
RT @CalgaryPolice: Picture just received from our K9 unit on patrol in #yyc. #poltwt. http://t.co/CuiD9OGznB

Click here for a link to the Sheriff’s Department’s tracking of social media efforts


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