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Tweet3PO's creators say the future of crime fighting isn't neighborhood watch - it's social media

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Christopher Balogh

Grobleski says it's common for law enforcement to take a while to embrace things.

“Law enforcement agencies, like the OCSO, are more about protecting data than releasing it,” he says. “It takes them a longer time to understand the full concepts of new technologies like Tweet3PO, especially with policies and procedures in their way.”

But once the sheriff's department made its calls for service public, Diggz and Grobleski got to work.

“As soon as the data went up, we have been working on delivering the active calls to our twitter feed,” Grobleski says. “We should have it finished within the next month or so.”

The sheriff's department has also been delivering information through its own social media outlets.

“We are currently involved in social media through the use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,” Nieves says. “And [we] use the mainstream access of emails, ocso.com, business and neighborhood watch and community meetings, news conferences, to name a few, as informational outlets to keep the community and residents informed.”

For the record, as of press time, the Orange County Sheriff's Office had 259 Twitter followers, OPD had 455 followers and Tweet3PO had 577.

And the more people who sign up, the more opportunities people will have to see how being armed with information can help them combat crime and deal with neighborhood issues.

Diggz himself has a personal Tweet3PO experience that he likes to share to show people just how useful it can be to stay constantly connected to a steady stream of public information.

“I was away from home visiting San Francisco last year,” he says. “I received a Tweet3PO notification there was an ‘obstruction on highway' in front of my house in Orlando. I called one of my neighbors and asked them to look outside.”

Another neighbor's 80-year-old oak tree had fallen over and landed in Diggz's yard.

“No one was hurt and there was no damage to my house,” Diggz says, “but the fact that I knew about it across the country in San Francisco, before my neighbor did, was pretty awesome.”

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