PHOTO:  A promotional poster showing a map of the United States with Twitter balloons popping up from Cape Coral, FL and Lima OH.  Accompanying text explains the what and when of "Tweet From the Beat."  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  A promotional poster showing a map of the United States with Twitter balloons popping up from Cape Coral, FL and Lima OH.  Accompanying text explains the what and when of "Tweet From the Beat."  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

Cape Coral Police Department Teams Up with Lima Police For a Cross-Country "Tweet From the Beat"

(August 06, 2013)- The Cape Coral Police Department is thrilled to announce its next "Tweet From the Beat" event.

This Friday at 4:00 PM The Cape Coral Police Department will hold its next "Tweet From the Beat" event.  This event gives people the opportunity to participate in a "virtual ride-along" via Twitter.  Throughout the evening, people will get to see what a patrol officer does via text updates, audio, photos, and videos.  Citizens get to participate directly throughout the evening by participating in a running Q&A with the officer via Twitter.  

This will be the fifth "Tweet From the Beat" event that Cape Coral Police Department has participated in, but this one will be a little bit different.  The Cape Coral Police Department is partnering with the Lima Police Department in Lima, OH who will be conducting their own "Tweet From the Beat" at the exact same time.  

"Tweet From the Beat and our broader Social Media Program has been a wildly successful and popular component of our Community Engagement Program.  It has not only allowed us to develop stronger ties to our community here locally, but has allowed us to create professional relationships across the country and around the world.  Lima PD reached out to us with this idea and we jumped at the chance to work with them.  This joint event will give our agencies a chance to work together that we might not otherwise have had, and will provide the citizens of both our communities a unique and fun experience. It will also provide the benefit of two different law enforcement perspectives during the Q&A."- Det. Sgt. Dana S. Coston, Cape Coral Police Department.

"During our last "tweet from the beat" event, we received great feedback from the Citizens of Lima.  We have found Twitter to be an excellent way to quickly get information out to the community, as well as to receive feedback real time.  Doing a cross-Country Tweet From The Beat will allow the Citizens of both Lima and Cape Coral to interact with their respective agencies as well as to see how this interaction works in other Cities across the Country.  We strive to serve our Community, and are proud to showcase Lima to the rest of the Country."- Sgt. Andy C. Green, Lima Police Department.

If you are interested in participating, go to www.twitter.com and create your free account.  Then, follow our agencies.  We are @CapePD on Twitter.  Lima Police Department is @LimaPolice. Citizens can then participate by directing questions to either agency using an "@-reply" like, "@CapePD How much does a speeding ticket cost?" or by adding the hashtag #TFTB to their comments like, "What is the most dangerous type of call you go to? #TFTB".  We look forward to seeing you out on the beat!