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St. Charles County Police Department hosting 'tweet-along' Thursday

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By: Mugo Odigwe / News 4

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – On Thursday, the St. Charles County Police Department will host their first-ever ‘tweet-along’ in an attempt to connect with the community.

The department says the event is a chance for the people of St. Charles to learn about the department and some of its officers.

Starting at 3 p.m., Val Joyner, the county’s public affairs officer, will ride along with a police officer and tweet about what takes place. For example, if the officer stops a driver whose headlight is out, the public affairs officer will tweet about it and give the followers tips on what to do whenever that happens.

“The reason why we’re holding a tweet-along is so that we can connect with our community and they can see what we’re doing in the community,” Joyner said. “We’ll give things like safety tips, if there’s some road closure we alert them of that, and just to get to have a conversation with our community.”

Other local departments are also opening the lines of communication with citizens by becoming more active on social media.

The Missouri Highway Patrol plans to unveil its Facebook page in the upcoming months, and troopers will soon have Twitter accounts, confirmed Sgt. Al Nothum. 

Nothum said the department's presence on social media will help dissolve rumors that can quickly spread when accurate information is not immediately released.

"We're careful about what we put out immediately and what we do put out has to be factual," Nothum said. "But we can get it out the right away, as a way to stop a lot of these rumors and this false information that's being put on social media."

Thursday's online event with the St. Charles County Police Department will run until 11 p.m. The police department’s Twitter handle is @SCCMOPD. 

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