Pekin Police are taking their social media presence to a whole new level.
Public Information Officer Mike Eeten will take part in the department’s first virtual ride-a-long Friday.
“We’re going to go out on patrol and ride along with a second shift officer,” Eeten said. “We’ll take some video, some pictures, kind of post what we’re doing, on some of the calls we’re enroute to.”
Eeten says he will be able to take questions from people following the ride-a-long through Facebook and Twitter, and then be able to pass those questions along to the officer, and then respond. Photos will also be posted on Instagram.
“This is something new for us, and I am excited to see how people react to getting a front row seat,” Eeten said. “They will be able to see what the officers do, and some of the calls they handle.”
Eeten says Pekin’s first ride-a-long will definitely be interactive.
“It’s a way for people to engage with that officer, and really feel like they’re riding along with them.”
Pekin police will share details of Eeten’s virtual ride-a-long on the department’s Facebook page, on Twitter with the handle Pekin Police, and on Instagram from 3 until 7 p.m. Friday.
For a link to Pekin Police’s Facebook page, click HERE.
(Photo: Courtesy of Pekin Police)