Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Second global police Tweetathon #poltwt

The 1st global police Tweetathon was a great success. The sequel launches on 1 November 2013 for 24 hours. Get involved and see how police forces from around the world use Twitter to engage with their local communities. #poltwt
This Friday 1 November 2013 marks the second global police Tweetathon organised by Lauri Stevens (@lawscomm) over at ConnectedCops.

Police Tweetathon – Take 2

[mks_dropcap style=”squared”]T[/mks_dropcap]he first global police Tweetathon took place this March when over 220 law enforcement agencies  took to Twitter  to tweet about their work.

The hashtag #poltwt trended from New Zealand west to Australia, across Europe and then from the east coast of North America  in a wave across to the west coast.

There were 48,482 tweets in 23 different languages – reaching over 11 million people.

Talking to Lauri on Twitter earlier this week, it looks like the second event is going to beat that baseline with ease.

A glimpse into policing and Twitter styles across the world

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ust as approaches to policing vary by country, so do law enforcement approaches to the use of social media in general and Twitter in particular.

You’ll find lots of different examples on this site:

The tweetathon will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in policing to compare different approaches across the world.

No doubt there are plenty of researchers already set up to analyse the tweets.

For convenience, here’s a live feed of the hashtag:


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