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Erie Law Enforcement Taking Part In Global Tweet-a-Thon

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Erie's district attorney's office is collaborating with law enforcement agencies across the world, taking part in the first ever global police Tweet-a-Thon.

ErieAlerts and the Erie Neighborhood Watch Council will join more than 150 participating law enforcement agencies across six countries, taking to Twitter today.

Friday's 24-hour Tweet-a-thon is all to bring attention to the use of social media by law enforcement.
Agencies will tweet using the same hashtag, "#poltwt", to create awareness about police work and issues police face as well as to promote the use of social media in policing.

At Bonnell's Collision in Erie, volunteers will post public safety tweets using the special hashtag, "#poltwt" to allow Twitter followers all around the world to view public safety activity in Erie County, Pennsylvania.

EngageIT will provide technical assistance during the Global Police Tweet-a-Thon.

 "We are excited to bring together police agencies around the world in this first of its kind social media event," said Lauri Stevens, founder of LAwS Communications and organizer of the Global Police Tweet-a-thon. "We hope it sends the message to non-law enforcement that their police officers are up to speed with social media, and that they should use the channel to talk with police officers and to be stewards of public safety."

"Locally, utilizing the Erie County District Attorney's Office and Erie Neighborhood Watch Groups,  we hope to use the event as a virtual ride-along, giving the community a glimpse of the daily activity and a behind the scenes look at the typical day of law enforcement in the County of Erie," said District Attorney Jack Daneri "On a larger scale, we hope our participation continues to positively influence the rapidly growing acknowledgement, acceptance and use of social media to assist neighborhood watch groups and law enforcement in making communities safer."

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