Countdown to #poltwt

June 27th at 8 a.m. in New Zealand

About

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Logo_hat#PolTwt is the hashtag for the Global Police Tweet-a-thon.  It’s a twice a year event that lasts for 24 hours in each timezone. #PolTwt is the creation of LAwS Communications. The first PolTwt happened in March of 2013 connecting cops around the world and building relationships between police and the citizens they serve.

There are few rules to #PolTwt. Police departments at local, county, national or international levels can do any  one of several models and tweet for any part of the 24 hour period they like.

  1. Tweet all calls
  2. Tweet about one specific topic to educate citizens
  3. Officers tweet-the-beat

The one rule to #PolTwt is to put the hashtag in every tweet. That’s it.

Crowd-sourcing #poltwt

Optional rule for #Poltwt See the leading crowd-sourcing platform in action during the Global Police Tweet-a-thon! For the upcoming #poltwt, turn on your geolocation and every tweet with media in it will post to a world-wide map courtesy of our sponsor, Vizsafe. (see below)

2014 Challenge

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2014 is the year we kick it up a notch or two. Event organizers challenge participants to expand beyond twitter, not only using other platforms that accommodate hashtags, but also the tools to create media which can be leveraged with the same tools.

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A 2013 #poltwt selfie from the Arlington, TX Police

We’ve integrated a friendly challenge to registered agencies to compete to win in one of the following categories:

  1. Best overall innovative use of social media
  2. Best Hang Out On Air
  3. Best video
  4. Best selfie
  5. Most popular (formerly most retweeted

Accepting the Challenge is optional. You are free to participate in the tweet-a-thon in the traditional way.

Sign Up

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Only Twitter accounts should be registered. Participants can register their agency twitter accounts and/or individual accounts.

In order to appear on the official #poltwt map, a physical address MUST be provided. You also must register with your government Email address. There is no limit to the number of accounts that can be registered.

Use the button the the LEFT to register accounts representing individual officers. Use the button on the RIGHT to register agency accounts.

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Sponsor

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LAwS Communications Partners with VizSAFE for #poltwt – the Global Police Tweet-a-Thon

Simply add a photo with “location” turned to “on” to post your #poltwts to instantly post to VizSAFE!

Vizsafe-Shield150LAwS Communications is pleased to partner with VizSAFE, for #poltwt, the Global Police Tweet-a-thon. Vizsafe is a free social media safety crowdsourcing platform. Law Enforcement can map and share #poltwts to VizSAFE in real time by including a photo with “location on”. The VizSAFE App is available for free in the App Store and on GooglePlay, and can also be accessed from any other mobile device, tablet, PC or Mac using a web browser at www.vizsafe.com

VizSAFE is a social media platform that empowers ordinary citizens to play an active role in the well being of their communities by posting and sharing photos or videos from their smartphones. Today, with close to 2 billion smartphones in use worldwide, people are capturing compelling and valuable content in their communities. VizSAFE aggregates, maps and shares this content instantly with members of your community and first responders. VizSAFE is free to everyone, including citizens, municipalities and community service organizations.

For police agencies, VizSAFE eliminates the need for high cost silo-ed, community specific Apps each with a confusing array of interfaces and functionality. With VizSAFE, organizations can simply leverage their existing social presence on Facebook and Twitter to drive citizen participation and at no cost to the organization or the public. Please visit www.vizsafe.com for more information.

VizSAFE members are good neighbors who care about the safety and well being of their family, friends and communities. At VizSAFE, we view safety broadly to include issues that people encounter everyday, such as a downed tree on a powerline, a flooded road or a stray animal. For more serious issues, VizSAFE is a valuable tool to enable the public to share real-time visual information with first responders.

Because VizSAFE is dynamic and two-way, law enforcement and public safety organizations can send notifications to the public to seek their assistance or to provide important safety information. These notifications can include photos or videos and are geolocated so alerts can be targeted to VizSAFE users in a specific area. VizSAFE has partnered with a growing number of organizations that have an interest in or responsibility for public safety. Citizen engagement adds tremendous value to public safety.

Sample tweets:
Add a photo w/location-on to your #poltwt tweets to instantly post/map/share @vizsafe Get free App/website http://bit.ly/1mJ8sh1

Global LE Tweet-a-Thon partners w/@vizsafe. Add photo w/location-on to #poltwt to instantly post/map/share free http://bit.ly/1mJ8sh1

Tutorials

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Instagram Tutorial hosted by Constable Scott Mills and Ricardo Araujo of the Toronto Police Service

Sign Up

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Only Twitter accounts should be registered. Participants can register their agency twitter accounts and/or individual accounts.

In order to appear on the official #poltwt map, a physical address MUST be provided. You also must register with your government Email address. There is no limit to the number of accounts that can be registered.

Use the button the the LEFT to register accounts representing individual officers. Use the button on the RIGHT to register agency accounts.

Register_Now_Buttonregister-agency

#PolTwt - User Registration

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#PolTwt Individual User Registration
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#PolTwt - Agency Registration

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#PolTwt Agency Registration
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  • Physical Address 1*full name
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  • State/Province/County*full name
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  • Country*full name
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  • Postal Code*full name
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  • Email*a valid email address
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