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RCPD releases more info on Twitter contest

By The Mercury

The Riley County Police Department released more information Friday on the department’s current Twitter contest to win a ride-along with a police officer and tweet updates for the department’s scheduled April “tweet-along.”

The “tweet-along” will take place on Friday, April 26, with Public Information Officer Matthew Droge, also known as the “TwitterCop,” and will follow several “tweet-alongs” the department has already conducted.

While the tweets are typically sent by Droge, the department is giving a chance for a citizen to chronicle an afternoon and evening patrol shift with Droge on their own account. Interested citizens have until Friday, April 12, at noon to tweet a message to @RileyCountyPD, using the hashtag #ROH, explaining in less than 140 characters why they should be chosen.

Applicants must be 16 years of age or older with parent approval for those under the age of 18 and be able to pass a simple background check. The applicant’s Twitter account(s) should not glorify criminal or inappropriate activity and should be active and regularly used and not be in protected status.

There is no requirement for the number of followers of the applicant, but the applicant must be willing to tweet for the department on their own personal account via a mobile phone. Tweets during the event must be approved by a department employee and will not contain information which is not generally available for public consumption.

The department reserves the right to select and disqualify any applicant for any reason and may modify rules or event plans at any time. Applicants must also the meet qualifications for a Citizen Ride Along.

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