The Westfield Police Dept. joined Facebook and Twitter to help promote a better relationship with the public and to open communication between the department and the community that it serves.
Social media allows them to expand the reach of the department and spread information to a larger audience than traditional news and media outlets. Officials said they will be able to expedite press releases, Amber alerts, road closings, suspect descriptions, etc., and give information, such as its child car seat program and the gun permit application process, in a more convenient venue.
Facebook and Twitter gives the department a more timely and consistent way to communicate with the public as well as receive feedback. By “liking” their page or “following” @WestfieldPolice, the community can get real-time, up-to-date information on city and department information and programs, crime-related info, press releases, lost and found pets and a variety of safety tips throughout the year. For more information, check out www.facebook.com/WestfieldPD or www.twitter.com/WestfieldPolice!