The New York Police Department's commanders are highly trained veterans capable of wrangling hardened criminals and rookie officers. Sharing their thoughts in 140 characters without a gaffe is another matter.
Since May, the department's top brass has endured training unlike any they have taken since the Police Academy—Twitter School, reports the Wall Street Journal.
At the most recent course, earlier this month at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Midtown Manhattan, 16 commanders spent six hours hunched over keyboards and listening to lectures from the department's social media team.
Although the department is a late adopter of Twitter, the NYPD now has more than 40 accounts and expects to have dozens more, with every precinct, public housing patrol unit, and transit commander tweeting by year's end, said Zachary Tumin, a deputy commissioner who heads the department's social media effort.