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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Palo Alto Police to Hold “Virtual Ride-Along” on Twitter Friday Night
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Do you want to spend this Friday night patrolling the streets with an officer from the Palo Alto Police Department?

If you're on Twitter, you’re going to get a chance to do just that.

The Palo Alto Police Department is holding its first-ever "virtual ride-along" via Twitter on Friday, November 9, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.  A member of our Public Information Officer team will be riding with a patrol officer and live-tweeting calls for service, crimes in progress, arrests, vehicle accidents, and anything else that may come up during the course of the officer’s shift on the official Department Twitter account, @PaloAltoPolice.

The goal of the “virtual ride-along” is to give our community insight into the realities of law enforcement in Palo Alto.  Tweets may include pictures and videos as appropriate.

All tweets will include the hashtag “PAPDvra” for “Palo Alto Police Department virtual ride-along.”  Twitter users can ask us questions during the ride-along by using the hashtag or mentioning us.  We will answer questions as time allows.  We estimate sending between 50 and 150 tweets during the eight-hour ride-along, depending on the volume of calls of service and the level of engagement with the public.

The Palo Alto Police Department launched all of its social media platforms in March 2012.  Since then, our Twitter account has gained more than 1,000 followers and our Facebook page has gained more than 700 “likes.”  Links to all of our social media platforms can be found at