Niagara Gazette

November 23, 2012

Hit the road with deputies on Facebook

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office will host a virtual ride-along with road patrol deputies on Facebook and Twitter from 4 p.m. to midnight today.

The ride-along is being offered to expand awareness of the sheriff’s office’s social media sites and what they offer the public.

The Sheriff’s ride-along will follow every call during the afternoon shift, tweeting information and posting information on Facebook about the calls for service, along with pictures and video of the deputies at work, according Captain Michael Dunn.

Those logged in will be able to watch the work of the afternoon shift in real time as if they were in the front seat of the patrol car.

“By doing a virtual ride-along, it makes our office more accessible and transparent to the residents of Niagara County and provides an inside view of the deputies who serve our community. We recognize that the use of social media is growing rapidly and an increasing number of citizens are getting their information through these venues,” Sheriff James Voutour said in a release.

In addition to following the calls, the ride-along will feature photos and specialty equipment being utilized by the deputies. Those participating in the experience will also get to meet and learn about the 911 emergency dispatchers working during the shift. 

Followers will be able to ask questions pertaining to the virtual ride-along during the shift and receive real time replies. 

GET ON BOARD To join the virtual ride-along, "follow" niagarasheriff on Twitter or like niagarasheriff on Facebook.