Hampton Police hold virtual ride along on Twitter


by 13News Now


Posted on August 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 4 at 5:38 PM

HAMPTON -- Hampton Police held their first virtual ride along on Twitter Monday.

The program gives access to officers patrolling neighborhoods in hopes of building relationships within the community.

The first ride along was with Senior Police Officer Bryan Rowe, who has been a member of the Hampton Division since 2006.  Rowe was recently featured on a viral video after he escorted a family of ducklings across Mercury Boulevard.

Citizens who want to “ride along” with officers are encouraged to follow them on Twitter @hamptonvapolice

Officers will tweet information throughout their day, including the time and locations of incidents they are investigating.

Among the things Officer Rowe tweeted about: Talking to a neighborhood watch leader, responding to a domestic situation, a false alarm at a residence, a suspicious person seen in the Tidemill area, someone who was intoxicated and got overheated, and giving out coupons for slurpees to a couple of kids.

"People think of traffic tickets and other calls. But, there's a lot more to it for people to learn what we actually do and hopefully that's what they're getting to do with this," Rowe said.

Rowe tried to have a little fun with his tweets during the ride along.   

The police department hopes to continue the program on twitter at least twice a month.