Oklahoma County Sheriff hits the streets and tweets all about it

A warrant sweep was all over Twitter on Wednesday. The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office has one of the largest followings in the country for a sheriff's department
BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@opubco.com Modified: June 20, 2013 at 6:57 am •  Published: June 20, 2013

It was just another day for the Oklahoma County warrant sweep team, but Wednesday it was all over Twitter.

Law officers knocked on doors, made arrests and pictures were posted on Twitter. Followers swept up every tweet.

“I bet @okcountysheriff could find #Jimmy Hoffa before the #FBI,” follower Shelley Leveridge, @shelleybOKC, tweeted.

Follower Jenn Scott, @TheJennScott, tweeted, “Okay, @OkCountySheriff you win the internet today.”

The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office warrant sweep team sets out to try to serve about 12 outstanding warrants in daily roundups. On Wednesday, public information officer Mark Myers went with the team to tweet about it.

“Just knocked. Let's see what happens,” Myers tweeted as deputies searched for a man wanted on an assault and battery warrant.

The sheriff's office has about 15,000 Twitter followers, the most Twitter followers of any sheriff's office in the country, Myers said.

“With Twitter it's a good community tool,” Myers said. “We've used Twitter on DUI checkpoints, in tornadoes, wildfires and any emergencies.”

The first time the Oklahoma County sheriff's office decided to live-tweet was during a DUI checkpoint.

“We had such an incredible response from the public. People were interested in what checkpoints were,” he said. “We felt it gave us a chance to show what a checkpoint is and how they work.”

After the DUI checkpoint live-tweeting, Myers asked the Oklahoma County sheriff's office's Twitter followers what they would like to see live-tweeted next, offering up following the warrants team for a day as a suggestion.

“I tossed out the idea of possibly doing it with our warrant team, which is basically the modern-day sheriff's posse, goes around and rounds up fugitives,” Myers said. “A lot of people responded, ‘Oh man, yeah, I would love how to see how it works.'”

By mid-morning the warrant team had served several warrants, one for an assault and battery offender and another for a suspect in a concealing stolen property case. Usually the team makes four to 10 arrests a day. The team didn't locate everyone they wanted.



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