DUNWOODY, Ga (WXIA) -- Life as a Dunwoody police officer, or any officer for that matter, rarely mirrors police TV shows. "The majority of the calls we get are pretty monotonous," shift commander Sgt. Fidel Espinoza told 11Alive's Julie Wolfe. "And that's the majority of a police officer's day."
It's a day that plays out in a series of tweets. The Dunwoody Police Department's tweet-a-thon is a virtual ride-a-long. "It's to let the public get a behind-the-scenes look at what we do," Officer Kerry Stallings said.
For 24 hours, every call that comes in goes back out on Twitter.
They picked Black Friday because it's busier than usual, and includes calls that aren't usual.
"We did spot a new Porsche with all of the doors open. That was unusual," Sgt. Espinoza said.
That driver just forgot to close the doors.
Just after telling his officers during shift change to keep an eye out on aggressive drivers, one of them pulled over a car going 92 in a 55 mph zone. The person behind the wheel was in a hurry to keep shopping.
The men behind the tweets, Espinoza and Stallings, include their own colorful comments. They've picked up 5,393 followers along the way.
The annual tweet-a-thon started several years ago and marks an important shift in law enforcement. Departments are using social media to connect to the community, make important announcements, and dig for information. Officers in Dunwoody can name Georgia cases that were closed and criminals that were caught somehow using social media.
Sometimes a tweet turns into a clue. And sometimes, the mundane turns big.