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Bountiful police introduce ‘virtual ride along’

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Posted at 1:09 PM, Dec 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-03 15:09:45-05

BOUNTIFUL, Utah -- Police took to Twitter during a ride Saturday night, using it as a tool to connect with the community.

Bountiful police are the first in the state to use what they call a "virtual ride along."

Officers and dispatch used social media to put out real-time updates of what they were doing and where they were. They even answered questions.

"We get a lot of people on Facebook and Twitter saying that they like it and they want to know more," Officer Jon Joubert said. "I think in general people are interested in what we're doing, and it's always good to be putting information out there-- be transparent."

The ride along went for nearly six hours, and ended just before midnight.

Another virtual ride along hasn't been planned yet, but officers said to keep an eye on social media for the next dates.