Riley County Police take new steps using Twitter


MANHATTAN, KAN. – On Friday April 26, 2013, Riley County Police Department will be conducting a Tweet Along to showcase a day in the life of one of their police officers. RCPD has participated in several of these Tweet Along events over the past several months and has received positive feedback from the community.

This event will follow Public Information Officer Matthew Droge, otherwise known as TwitterCop, on an afternoon and evening patrol shift along with one of the department’s many social media followers. Through a selection process, RCPD will find a Twitter follower to do the actual tweeting for them. Interested Twitter followers should mention @RileyCountyPD in a tweet and in less than 140 characters while using the department’s “#POH” hashtag, tell RCPD why they should be picked to tweet during the event.


Deadline to submit tweets of interest is April 12, 2013 at noon. For more information on Riley County Police Department’s social media efforts, contact PIO Matthew Droge.


Contest Rules: Applicants must be 16 years of age or older (parent approval for those under the age of 18) and pass a simple background check. Applicant’s Twitter account(s) should not glorify criminal or inappropriate activity and should be active and regularly used (accounts should not be in protected status). There is no requirement for the number of followers of the applicant, but the applicant must be willing to tweet for the department on their own personal account via a mobile phone. Tweets during the event must be approved by a RileyCountyPD employee and will not contain information which is not generally available for public consumption. RileyCountyPD reserves the right to select and disqualify any applicant for any reason and may modify rules or event plans at any time. Applicants must meet qualifications for a Citizen Ride Along.

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