The Global Police Tweet-a-Thon Returns

BrightPlanet has the preliminary results in from this year’s Global Police Tweet-a-Thon, an event created and produced by LAwS Communications. The online collaboration between the public and police departments in 68 countries28 languages, and from 12,187 Twitter users raised policing awareness to a total of 19,863,804 followers.

The 31,024 tweets with #poltwt were captured within a 24-hour time span on November 1, 2013. These tweets gave the community a transparent view of the officers’ day, such as working with police dogs in training, watching the roads in Boise for an elderly woman with dementia, arresting a suspect in possession of a hijacked vehicle from an anonymous tip off, and sharing pictures of police puppies.

Infographic Coming Soon!

To assist with the final analysis and give real world experience to college students, BrightPlanet sent its harvested data to a business intelligence class at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D. The business intelligence students are working hard creating an infographic to visualize the Global Tweet-a-Thon data. We will post the infographic Monday morning; we promise the wait will be worth it!

Previous Police Twitter Events

In the meantime, we uncovered some previous police tweeting events for you to read up on:

  • #GMP24
    • The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) conducted the first police Twitter day on October 14, 2010.  They used #GMP24 to tweet the  3,000+ incidents they received, which resulted in over 300 arrests.  The 180 GMP officers now support the global police tweet-a-thon to start conversations between police and community members worldwide.
  • Previous #poltwt event
    • From March 22 to March 23, 2013, over 200 police departments from 10 countries, speaking 23 languages participated in the first Global Police Tweet-a-Thon. @NYorksPolice won most vocal with 568 tweets, @CalgaryPolice won most popular with 918 mentions, and @hantsyotcop had the most retweeted tweet.  Stay tuned to see if these users will hold their titles in our November results or if there will be a new sheriff in town.