Mt. Pleasant officers use Twitter to keep citizens safe

VIDEO: Mt. Pleasant officers use Twitter to keep citizens safe
Published: Jan. 13, 2016 at 9:43 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2016 at 10:32 PM EST
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MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Some officers in the Mount Pleasant Police Department now have the own Twitter pages to relay important information to the public.

A social media team of seven officers was formed before Christmas to tweet out details about traffic incidents, photos and safety guidelines..

"I was a little hesitant at first because I would Facebook and Instagram, but I was never actively a user of Twitter," PFC Matthew Cowdrey said.

Soon Cowdrey, a traffic officer, became more comfortable with Twitter.

"If there's a collision, I will put out where it is, how many vehicles If I can," he said. "If there's any detours I will put that out on my account."

Cowdrey also tweets when he's doing traffic enforcement in a particular neighborhood.

"I'm tweeting out that I'm in the area of Cottingham and Williamson for stop sign enforcement," he explained. "The people and the residents here especially like to know that we are out here doing this."

Six of Cowdrey's fellow officers also have Twitter pages.

In addition to traffic enforcement, they also post crime prevention tips along with some positive things happening in the police department.

A sampling of residents said they like the idea.

"With all the traffic in Mount Pleasant, I think it's a great idea," Sullivan's Island resident Emily Aimar said.

"Everybody has had nothing to but good things to say about us doing this, and it's a great way to build relationships with the public," Cowdrey said.

He expects more officers to have their own Twitter accounts soon.

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