CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Want to take a ride in a police car and never go to jail? Cape Girardeau officers gave Twitter followers a chance to tag along today with the first ever "Tweetalong."
Police say they wanted to show the public what a typical busy afternoon is like for an officer.
You can find them @CapePolice on Twitter every day, but Patrolman Darin Hickey says the Tweetalong was a special chance to interact with more posting of calls as they occurred.
Officers posted pictures and information without revealing identity or addresses so that the public could get a closer look at police work.
He says they wanted to show the public it's more than tickets and arrests.
Hickey says they will do these kind of social media events from time to time to encourage interaction and connect with the public they serve.
"We do more than work in this community we live here, so it's important to us as officers to be approachable," said Patrolman Hickey. "Today we've had a lot of positive responses and people saying 'thank you' for work we've done and that means a lot to us."
Since police were busy working, they didn't respond to direct questions but Hickey says they did appreciate and consider all the feedback.
Officers say social media is becoming more important all the time to let the public know what's going on and find out more about their needs.