A hearty congratulations is in order. After attending a rigorous Twitter training seminar in September (following a series of missteps), the NYPD is finally ready to join the social media stage.
On December 2, the 61st, 62nd, 63rd, and 68th Precincts all tweeted their first tweets! Though the Twitter accounts have been open since the summer, it seems they are finally taking a cue from the 60th and 70th Precincts, who have proven to be quite adept at maneuvering the Twittersphere. Some are faring better than others though, and the 62nd, 63rd, and 68th precincts have yet to tweet a second time.
— NYPD 61st Precinct (@NYPD61Pct) December 2, 2014
— NYPD 68th Precinct (@NYPD68Pct) December 2, 2014
The 63 Precinct is now officially on Twitter. Looking forward to sharing with the residents of our great community !!! #Brooklyn
— NYPD 63rd Precinct (@NYPD63Pct) December 2, 2014
Leading the Twitter charge, of course, is NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who has posted dozens of photos of himself with kids, pets, and clowns, and doing New York-y things like taking the Staten Island Ferry. Bratton’s efforts have paid off and he now boasts over 17,000 Twitter followers.
But who is the top tweeter among our local police force? Hands down, the winner is the 60th Precinct, with 1,544 followers (though the 70th Precinct follows closely behind with 1,143). This week the 60th Precinct tweeted a photo that won us over with this heartwarming photo of two officers rescuing a lost boy.
Still, our prediction for the most promising NYPD social media account belongs to K-9 Timoshenko, whose account was launched on November 24.
Here he is with his buddy, K-9 Balze(!!), on Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!!! K9 Balze and K9 Timoshenko pic.twitter.com/wZxGu5qaZY
— Benny Colecchia (@k9timoshenko) November 27, 2014
I mean, look at that face.