DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) –  In an attempt stay on the cutting edge of social media, the Dallas Police Department announced a plan that will allow its officers to tweet from the field.  The department is also expanding its social media reach with the launch of a new blog and Pinterest page.

DPD launched its latest social media push Monday morning, at an event they dubbed “DPD Tweets Big.”

Officers will be trained to tweet and initially the tweets will be approved by software so inappropriate tweets can be filtered out.  DPD officers will be the first from any department in the country to tweet from the field, according to the department. Tweeting from the officers will be voluntary, in an effort to get out real time information and to reach young people who don’t attend crime watch meetings.

“Let’s hashtag “DPD Tweet Big,” hashtag “See Something, Say Something,” hashtag “Start Snitchin’,” said DPD Chief David O. Brown at Monday’s event.

DPD also announced its new blog, DPDbeat.com, will be a collection of pictures, press releases, cold case information, and helpful phone numbers.  Links to the department’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages can be accessed from the blog as well.

The department’s Pinterest page will showcase lost or stolen items found by police.  If residents see something they think belongs to them, they can put in a claim for the item.  Already, the page has postings of 12 items, from bicycles to hardware to jewelry.

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