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Law enforcement agencies participate in Texas-sized tweet-along

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Hashtag, busted! Sr. Officer Angela Douglas and Officer Jason Cisneroz bag a suspect who fled a wreck on 45. In his wallet, they make a discovery.

"We found what appears to be cocaine. We'll field test it to make sure, but it was in his wallet on the ground what we believe to be cocaine."

Citizens actually held the suspect until police arrived.

This is not a typical night however, and this is not a typical patrol. Tonight is HPD's first ever tweetalong. What's that? It's where some officers tweet while out on patrol.

Douglas and Cisneroz began the shift by walking through an apartment complex to do a safety and security check,  stopping periodically to tell the twitterverse what's going on. No OMG's or LOL's, just real information.

The point is to use social media to reach citizens and allow them to see what happens on patrol.

"Social media is a great way to have interaction with the citizens. It's a  new way. We have facebook, there's email, but this is in real time."

And the citizens respond in real time, asking them what they are doing and why.

It's HPD's first, and they aren't the only department doing this tonight. Arlington, Fort Worth and Rosenberg are doing what they are calling a Texas-Sized Tweetalong.

Officers post comments, locations and information about where they are going and what they are doing.

They are careful to not tweet info about scenes until they are secure.

Ironically, just before officers Douglas and Cisneroz got involved in this short chase and bust, they had commented on what a slow night it was.

"Anything can happen at any minute. We were on our way from one call to another, so I'm glad we were here at the right place to help."

Douglas says they plan to do another Tweetalong October first.

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