Virtual ride-along with Nampa PD: 'We wanted to show (the community) what we're doing'

Nampa Police hosted their first #TweetAlong on Friday night. (Courtesy Nampa PD)

Nampa Police hosted its first #TweetAlong on Friday night. The virtual ride-along gave follower’s live updates on what the Nampa PD officers are up to throughout the evening.

Carmen Boeger, 911 Manager for the City of Nampa, wants to make people aware of what is happening in the community.

“We wanted to show (the community) what we are doing…nothing hidden, nothing secret,” Boeger said.

Cpl. Mike Arnold says social media is a way to bridge the divide between police and citizens.

“It’s hard for people to understand that we are no different than anybody else,” Arnold said. “We are human too. We bleed the same, we cry, we wear the uniform and this is the job that we do. We try to break down the divide by getting involved in the community.”

The tweet-along’s primary purpose is to make people aware of what is happening in the community, but Arnold said social media can also help solve local crimes.

“Social media has been really beneficial for sharing information like if we have a juvenile that’s run away…putting that out there and saying we need everybody’s help. Getting the community involved.”

This is Nampa PD’s first #TweetAlong, but not their last, according to Boeger. She says she hopes to continue the tradition and even expand into other departments of the City.