Local police departments join in global tweet-a-thon

Have you ever wondered what police departments do on a daily basis?

Friday, that question was answered.

Dunwoody, Kennesaw, Atlanta, and Forsyth joined police departments from across the world to participate in a Global Police Tweet-A-Thon.

More than 200 departments from 10 countries, from the United Kingdom to Australia, are using the hashtag #poltwt on Twitter to bring awareness to the work of police officers.

Friday afternoon #poltwt was trending on Twitter.

"It's gone very well, as well as I could possibly imagine," said Lauri Steven, founder of LAwS Communication and head of the Global Tweet-A-Thon. She said she wanted the event to help connect citizens with police departments and police with their peers from around the world.

“A little over a year ago, I was thinking it’d be fun to do an event like this, but was just waiting until I felt the time was right and it would be more accepted,” Steven said.

The Dunwoody Police Department tweeted in a similar fashion last November for Black Friday.

“We want a broader audience to learn about what we do on a daily basis to make people safe,” said Tim Fecht, public information officer for the Dunwoody Police Department.

Scott Luther, public information officer for the Kennesaw Police Department, said this is the first time they are doing such a thing.

“The biggest thing people use social media for is to stay in contact with friends and family,” Luther said. “Police are trying to do the same thing, stay in contact with the community.”

The 24 hour tweet-a-thon began at 8 a.m. Friday.