The prolific Twitter era of San Francisco’s Tenderloin police station has seemingly inspired at least three other police station to better inform their own followers.
Mission Station is having its own social media moment with recent detailed updates on police activity while Park and Ingleside offer more than usual. A tweet on Feb. 12 about undercover drug busts seems to have kicked off a healthier mix of informative developments and general community notices for the Mission District.
Last night, Mission Officers stopped an individual in the area of Harrison and Mistral St. that happened to be possessing items used to cut bike locks and items used to break into cars. He was arrested and booked for burglary tools and narcotics possession. @SFPD @SFPDCares
— SFPD Mission Station (@SFPDMission) February 28, 2018
Before February, Mission Station largely tweeted about meetings, newsletters or celebrations like Bayview continues to do. Ingleside and Park stations mostly stuck to feel-good PR messages and traffic updates but now occasionally tweet detail-ridden reports. Northern Station still hasn’t tweeted since Dec. 14.
Tenderloin station kicked off the Twitter activity earlier this year around the same time Beyond Chron published “How the police fail the Tenderloin.” But fellow stations can learn from its success and mistakes as a new social media star, like when Twitter users pointed out that they arrested someone for selling newly-legal marijuana.
SFPD took down this tweet about the marijuana sellers they busted.
So I screen-shotted it & am putting it back up for the record. pic.twitter.com/6J8pWrZCiA
— Darwin BondGraham (@DarwinBondGraha) March 1, 2018
— pretty boy tony macaroni (@samhausman) March 1, 2018
As SF Weekly mentioned before, having juicy arrest reports on a platform designed around immediacy is a pretty welcome change from the curated recaps sent to local press on weekdays. May the new attitude spread far and wide.