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City Council to Consider Telling Departments to 'Explore' Twitter

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One of the more interesting motions being looked at on this morning's Los Angeles City Council agenda (.pdf) is one from Tom LaBonge and Eric Garcetti. After Silver Lake residents complained about the lack of communication from LAPD's northeast division after a slew of street robberies, the two threw a motion together to get the E-Policing program, which e-mails you crime updates per your zip code, more widely marketed. Problem is, E-Policing has been around for a few years now and it has hardly been used, probably because it relies on the already swamped Senior Lead Officers at community stations. In East Sherman Oaks, it was only used once when the program first began. In Hollywood, it was rarely used at least once to advertise a community fair that had nothign to do with the policing. In the end, E-Policing's best marketing will be when the department actually uses it.

Nevertheless, a follow up report (.pdf) from the Education and Neighborhoods Committee included this: "INSTRUCT City departments to explore the use of Twitter to disseminate information." That's because a member of the public stood up and recommended the tool, which the LA Fire Department has used with great success as well as Garcetti.