GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV) Grand Chute police were out on patrol Friday and they invited the public to tag along. Officers opened up their squads to the internet for a virtual ride-along.
Parked along I-41 in the Fox Cities – Grand Chute officers are out conducting traffic control on the busy highway. But for the first time ever for this department, the general public got to tag along via social media, specifically on Twitter.
“Through the use of social media, we can have a direct conversation with thousands of people at the same time, so it’s a powerful tool and we enjoy using it,” said Lt. Eric Freville.
Freville says the idea to give the public a front seat in their officer’s squads – through pictures and videos – was an easy one to make. All part of the department’s efforts to be as transparent as possible with residents.
“Community interaction and letting the public know what we do on a day-to-day basis is important,” the officer said.
Friday police focused on speed and move over enforcement and while they have direct contact with each driver stopped – this virtual ride-along allows them to educate a much larger audience.
“Why they are doing traffic enforcement today, why it’s important to slow down especially on the highway and why it’s important to move over for our officers,” Freville said.
All thanks to the power of the internet, allowing anyone to take a virtual ride-along.
Officers were pleased with the reaction and say there likely will be more details like this in the future.