Evanston Holds 2nd Annual “Tweet-Along”

The city's Twitter handle is @CityofEvanston

The City of Evanston on Friday held its second annual "Tweet-along" to give citizens a virtual glimpse into the variety of emergencies and service calls officials deal with on a daily basis.

Between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m., a volunteer used Twitter on most calls coming into the 911 dispatch center. Calls of a sensitive nature weren't broadcast on the social network.

"It's one tool that we have that we can use to bridge the community and the police department," said Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrot.

Last year, some of the tweets involved a fight, disorderly conduct, someone throwing a fish into a car and a suspected residential burglary that turned out to be a squirrel that ransacked a home.

"We think that when people are more educated and informed about their community it does help deter crime," said Adelita Hernandez, Evanston's Citizen Engagement Coordinator.

The city's Twitter handle is @CityofEvanston

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