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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

“Target not at location. On to the next one,” Myers tweeted on the sheriff's Twitter account.

Myers said he and the warrant team were very detailed and planned what specific information they would put up during live-tweeting in order to not tip off suspects.

Twitter follower Victoria Hubbard, @hubahubahubbard, wrote, “I've got to give it to them, they scare me to death when I see one (even if I'm not speeding) but @OkCountySheriff has killer social media.”

Twitter allows the sheriff's department two-way conversations with the public about what they do, Myers said.

“We answer to the public and this is about transparency,” Myers said.

“So, @OkCountySheriff is live tweeting their warrant searches. I like it. Might have the best police social media in the country,” another follower tweeted.

On Wednesday, the warrants team arrested three people as of 3 p.m., but they were still out working when he concluded the live-tweeting, Myers said.

“@OkCountySheriff It was fun following! Great idea!” the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin tweeted after Myers concluded live-tweeting.

There are more than 60,000 active warrants in Oklahoma County. After contacting an attorney or bail bondsman, people with certain active warrants may participate in the sheriff's office's surrender program, Myers said. The process is about 30 minutes compared to being booked into jail by the warrants team.

To learn more about the surrender program, go to www.oklahomacounty.org/sheriff/surrender.

Contributing: Staff Writer LeighAnne Manwarren