Brandon police take Twitter users on virtual ride along

Brandon police spent the day sending out hundreds of tweets, detailing each call officers were sent on and providing a glimpse into the daily life of a member of their force.

Brandon police force participates in global tweet-a-thon

Brandon police posted this photo to Twitter on Friday as part of their tweet-a-thon. It shows police chief Ian Grant leading a morning briefing. (Brandon Police Service)

Brandon police spent the day sending out hundreds of tweets, detailing each call officers were sent on and providing a glimpse into the daily life of a member of their force.

The tweet-a-thon was part of a global event that saw police forces across the world live-tweet all day.

The event was designed to increase information sharing with law enforcement agencies and the public and show the benefits of being open with the public.

Brandon police took Twitter users on a live ride along and even had a back and forth with the town’s mayor, Shari Decter Hirst, complying with her requests for photos of a canine unit puppy.

Calls ranged from domestic disputes, car break-ins and even one animal control issue. Four wild turkeys made their way into a homeowner’s backyard, and officers were called to assist.

Twitter users even got a glimpse into forensic identification unit offices.

Brandon’s police force is made up of about 87 sworn members and 37 non-sworn members. 

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