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Nampa Police Department's team of social media "misfits"

They are using funny, community driven and informative posts to inform the public every day. (KBOI Staff Photo)

The Nampa Police Department has a huge presence on social media with over 22,000 followers on Facebook.

The team of self proclaimed "misfits" are using funny, community driven and informative posts to share with the public every day.

There are six faces of Nampa PD's social media; Sergeant Brian Jones, Public Information Officer Sergeant Tim Riha, Corporal Jason Jones, Dispatcher Diane Register, 911 manager Carmen Boeger and Lieutenant Joe Ramirez.

None of them get paid extra to volunteer their time online.

"We just had somebody send us a message that we posted over the weekend saying your social media makes your officers approachable," says Boeger.

They tell me Boeger is the main one behind most posts, but together they work to inform the public.

They also try to have a little fun in the process.

One post in particular caught a lot of people's attention. Someone alerted them to some meth or "snow flakes" and Sergeant Jones took the opportunity to make a holiday pun, hashtag friendly post.

"We just ran with it to have fun because we like to do the fun posts to entertain people and keep the followers coming so that way when we do have something important that they actually do need to read it's actually hitting more people," says Brian Jones.

This isn't the first post to make it big. Nampa PD's social media popularity began a few years ago.

"We had a call of some kids playing, being nuisances and playing baseball out in the street in their neighborhood and we had some officers go out and instead of chastising them for what they were doing they took them to the park, played ball," says Ramirez. "We videotaped it put it on social media and that was our first viral video."

They are happy to be able to give the public the information they need and from time to time put a smile on their face.

"All of us love our department and want to be an advocate for our department and so being part of the social media allows us that avenue to connect with the community," says Jason Jones

Nampa PD says they don't seek out social media opportunities. They do this to show the public who they are as people and who they are as a depertment and sometimes theres just happens to be a camera in the right place at the right time.


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