The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office invites community members to take part in a virtual ride-along beginning at 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 12.
Known globally as a “Tweet from the Beat,” the initiative sparked as law enforcement agencies began offering virtual ride-alongs via social media as a tool for community outreach. The sheriff’s office launched their inaugural “Tweet from the Beat” in September 2016. The purpose of the program is to give community members a look at policing in real-time from the passenger seat of a patrol vehicle, while exposing how challenging and dynamic a shift can be. A member of the agency’s Community Affairs Office accompanies a deputy for up to 12 hours to take photos and videos and share them to the agency’s Twitter account in real time.
“Tweet from the Beat: Traffic Tip Tuesday Edition” will focus on enforcement and education as members of the agency’s Traffic Unit hone in on speeding, distracted driving, the Move Over Law, and other common traffic violations.
To follow along during Tuesday’s “Tweet from the Beat,” citizens can create a Twitter account by visiting www.Twitter.com/SignUp and following the sheriff’s office account @SarasotaSheriff.