I have to give kudos to the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS). They finally joined the Twittersphere.
Moose Jaw Police Service
To be fair to the MJPS, they actually activated their Twitter account a couple months ago, but I just laughed it off and chose not to follow them.
They hadn’t decided to tweet – not even once. And isn’t one of the purposes of Twitter to tweet?
It took much longer than I’d hoped and expected, but the MJPS finally sent out their inaugural tweet on March 20. The tweet read: “Congrats Chief Bourassa, new website released next week mjpolice.ca and now having Moose Jaw Police Service on Twitter @mjpolice.”
For those of us seasoned Twitter veterans – I have nearly 44,000 tweets – it’s great to see a new and interesting account pop up and throw a follow its way, especially one that has the potential of aiding you in the performance of your job.
As a reporter, the MJPS account is a great way for the Times-Herald editorial staff to hone in on events or calls the police will be attending to.
It’s only been a week since that first tweet, but courtesy their Twitter feed, the MJPS also noted they would be tweeting out calls for daily service in the near future.
Personally, I hope those daily calls start popping up on the MJPS account tomorrow, but I don’t expect that to be the case.
Without a police scanner, it’s been hard enough to respond to spot news in the city. However, the MJPS Twitter feed – when they start tweeting out calls they are in the process of responding to – will undoubtedly help my colleagues and I alert the public to collisions, home invasions and an array of other criminal activity that is taking place.
The Moose Jaw Fire Department (@MJFire) doesn’t tweet out all of the calls it responds to, but tweeting out big news occurrences, such as the March 12 Jubilee Block blaze, helps the Times-Herald editorial staff bring important news events to the public as it happens.
I expect nothing less from the MJPS once they finally get a handle on using Twitter.
If there are a few things I’ve discovered that capture the attention of Moose Javians on social media, they are multi-vehicle accidents, criminal activity, plus vehicle and structural fires.
Then again, that’s the case in bigger cities everywhere.
Although I’d love the MJPS to be on Twitter as much as their provincial counterparts in Regina and Saskatoon, at least they’re not like the Prince Albert Police Service, which has zero tweets associated with their account.
And yes, I am now following @MJPolice.
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks