A Dunwoody police officer is using Twitter to give people a window into a typical day for a cop.
Officer Tim Fecht, who is working the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift Sept. 2, will be tweeting about his activities throughout the day.
“We operate a ride a long program and we’ve had a lot of citizens who’ve taken advantage of that,” said Police Chief Billy Grogan. “But not everybody has time to do that or feels comfortable. This is next best thing to riding with an officer. They’ll see everything an officer does during the day.”
Fecht will be tweeting from the Dunwoody Police twitter account using the hash tag “dpd1450.”
So far, he has responded to traffic accidents, worked with detectives and responded to noise complaints.
Grogan said police officers do a lot of things that people may not realize.
“Our guys are doing proactive patrols, riding through apartment complexes and parking lots, keeping an eye out for people who may be up to no good,” Grogan said. “It may not be measurable or recordable. But it’s things officers do on a daily basis to prevent crime.”
This is not the first time the Dunwoody Police Department has used social media to reach out to the public.
In April, the department tweeted every call for 24 hours.
“It garnered quite a bit of attention and we added 800 followers to our Twitter account during that time,” Grogan said.