People now have another way to learn information about the Leavenworth Police Department. They can follow the law enforcement agency on the social networking service Twitter.
“We went active earlier this week,” Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department, said Friday.
Twitter is a service that allows people to post messages on the internet. Each message, or tweet, is limited to 140 characters in length.
There is a link to the new Twitter account, @LeavenworthPD, on the Police Department’s page of the city’s website, www.lvks.org.
Nicodemus said the Police Department’s Twitter account is separate from the account for the city of Leavenworth.
Nicodemus said the Leavenworth Police Department has had a Facebook page for some time. And like the Facebook page, the intent of the new Twitter account is to provide information to residents of Leavenworth and others.
He said officials plan to post information about things related to the Police Department such as traffic congestion in the city resulting from an accident.
“We will provide tips based on recent events,” he said.
If a scam flares up, for example, police may offer advice on how to avoid becoming a victim.
Nicodemus said police will post information about other crimes they believe the public should be aware of.
“We’ll announce when we’re having DUI check lanes or saturation patrols,” he said.
He said police may use Twitter to ask for help with things such as locating a missing person.
Nicodemus said the police also will retweet information from other government and law enforcement agencies.
He said police won’t be posting personal information such as the name of someone who was arrested.
The Police Department’s first tweet was posted Monday and included a website link for more information about recuiting efforts.