Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said the Twitter account (@JPDpublicinfo) was launched last week and will be used primarily for emergency situations.
“We are not going to tweet continuously,” Rowe said. “We will use the page mostly to communicate during critical situations. If we have road closings and things of that nature, we will use Twitter to get that information to the public.”
Rowe said the police department will not accept tweets from the public.
“We don’t want citizens to expect this to be a place where they will get a response from the police department,” she said. “We do not have the staff to be able to do that. We do want it to be a place where citizens can expect to receive important information in the event of a emergency situation.”
The group’s first tweet was sent April 22, which read, “Jasper Police Department is now on Twitter! Follow our tweets for public safety information about Jasper, Alabama.”
Rowe urged citizens to spread the word about the department’s Twitter feed.
“The more followers we have, the more effective we will be,” she said.