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Twitter helps catch speeders, SLCPD says

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Posted at 6:46 PM, Mar 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-10 20:46:35-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City Police is using Twitter to catch speeders.
A complaint on SLPD’s Twitter page this weekend sparked the idea to use the #speedwatchslc to let the community tell police about speeding issues in their neighborhood.

“A campaign like this can help us work together through a public safety issue,” said Laura Jones, spokeswoman for the police department.

The police department has used Twitter since 2009, but Jones says by creating a conversation topic it can help officers target specific issues.

“We can go out and do motor enforcement all day long but if we don't know where those hot spots are or those problem areas, we really don't know where to go,” said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Robin Heiden. “It's really those people who live in the area who know what's going on and then we can go right to that area and enforce it.”

The police department has a complaint section on its website, and takes calls through dispatch. The Twitter conversation is just the newest, and the media department argues, the easiest way to report a speeding problem.