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Local cop doing another two-night Twitter ride-along

By Mo Cranker on August 25, 2017.

MHPS S-Sgt. Jason Graham uses Twitter at the beginning of his Saturday overnight shift in his office. Over the weekend Graham will be using Twitter to take Medicine Hatters on a virtual ride-along, where he will Tweet out everything he does on Friday and Saturday night. His Twitter handle is @MHPSSSgtGraham.--NEWS FILE PHOTO


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It’s not too often people get a first-hand look into what local police officers do on a minute-to-minute basis.

MHPS S-Sgt. Jason Graham is hoping a virtual ride-along he will be putting on Friday and Saturday night will give people a lot more insight into what an overnight shift looks like for local police officers.

“This weekend we’re rolling out the second edition of our virtual ride-along for people to watch along with,” he said. “Both Friday and Saturday night we’re going to be live Tweeting the happenings of our night shift, meaning people will get to see the calls we go out on and all of the other happenings that night.”

Graham says he is hoping the ride-along can be a great learning experience for Medicine Hatters.

“This is definitely about education,” he said. “I think it’s very important for people to know what we do in the community. I know a lot of people may think we’re just out there giving out tickets all day long. I think people may get a new appreciation for the type of calls we go out to on any given night.

“Our goal is to be more in touch with the community and I think this is a great opportunity for that.”

Graham’s last ride-along was very popular locally on Twitter, with many of his Tweets receiving double digit retweets and likes.

One of his most popular Tweets was from the last ride-along when a rock was thrown through his vehicle’s window when he was dealing with a matter at someone’s home.

“Summer nights can definitely be busier than the other months, just because of how many people out and about there are,” he said. “The warmer it is, people are generally out later doing things. The one thing I have learned over the years however, is that you can’t predict anything. Our shifts are like the weather, you just never know what you’re going to be faced with.”

To follow along for the two nights, follow Graham on Twitter, @MHPSSSgtGraham

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