The Redwood City Police Department's push to add information age tools to its crime-fighting arsenal just got "liked" by a group promoting the role of social networking in law enforcement.
ConnectedCOPS on Monday announced the department as its first ever international award recipient for excellence at a small agency (150 or fewer sworn officers) for outstanding work using social media to enhance law enforcement services.
The department says it has embraced social media technology, using Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, YouTube, Flickr, NIXLE and Vimeo, among other platforms in its effort to educate and engage local residents.
In June, the department video and text chat services.
"It is truly an honor to be recognized as an international leader in social media by the Connected COPS organization," Redwood City Police Chief JR Gamez said in a prepared statement.
"The need to embrace emerging technologies allows our officers to provide a smarter and a more efficient manner of providing timely information to our community. The Redwood City Police Department remains committed to providing its residents with the highest level of customer service."
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