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Riverside Police Department
Saturday November 2nd, 2013 :: 12:38 p.m. CDT

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RIVERSIDE POLICE ANNOUNCES NEW TWITTER ACCOUNT

Information on serious incidents to be shared with public

Riverside Police are excited to announce that the department will now be sharing more information with the public via social media, sending automated tweets of high-profile incidents and other police related notifications.

"This is something that we've been working on for a while," said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel. "We believe strongly in the ability of social media to communicate with the public in a timely manner, and tweeting information out about serious incidents will better inform our residents about what types of incidents the police are responding to in our community."

"We won't be tweeting every incident our officers respond to as we don't want to inundate our followers with information," said Deputy Chief Bill Legg. "But serious incidents, police news and other general information will now be shared with our followers”.

Riverside Police would like to remind residents that social media is not to be used to report crimes or emergencies to the police. The @pdriverside twitter account will not be monitored outside of business hours, and those requiring immediate response to a public safety issue should always dial 9-1-1.

Those interested in receiving tweets can follow us @pdriverside (If you have a Twitter account). If you do not have a Twitter account, you can sign up for a free account at www.twitter.com.

Riverside Police Department also maintains a Nixle account for our residents, business community and parents of District 208, District 96 and St. Mary Catholic Grade School students. To sign up for a Nixle account, which is our emergency notification system, sign up is free at www.nixle.com.

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Riverside Police Department
31 Riverside Road
Riverside, IL 60546

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Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 708-447-2127

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