The Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) is the latest addition to our city’s zany social networking tweeting crowd. Now along with chatting on Cirque du Soleil characters, virtual partying with the Playmates on Palms Vegas and following celebrity sightings at the speed of neon light on Myvegasscene.com, you can get up-to- the-minute updates on the whereabouts of Las Vegas vice cops.
Twitter members send 140-character maximum text “tweet” messages like “Metro is setting up a perimeter near Warms Springs & Rainbow. Please avoid the area,” and can plan their “life” accordingly.
Metro is also posting photos of suspects and alerts about missing children. “This is huge, because if we have people on their cell phones who subscribe to this site, as they are taking their kids to school and dropping their kids off, they may see this little four-year-old wandering around in his pajamas,” said Metro Officer Ramon Denby in an interview with Las Vegas One.
So far, the results are promising: In the three days the feed has been up, it already has 332 followers.
LVMPD joins a number of city police departments (Boston, Toronto and Milwaukee, to name a few) that leverage Twitter to help fight crime in their communities and make residents’ life easier by providing instant alerts.
But it’s not just the hard-core stuff: Twitters were also the first to know that the local metro cops were serving lunch at the Las Vegas Valley’s Applebee’s locations on March 26, with all tips going to Special Olympics fundraising efforts.