Huntington Police Department now has Twitter presence

The Huntington Police Department now has a presence on Twitter.

The department's first tweet, sent out on Tuesday, June 18, was a reminder of Heritage Days street closings and events.

That's exactly the types of things Chief E.J. Carroll says he wants to communicate over the social networking service.

"I've been wanting to do this for a while," Carroll says.

While other law enforcement agencies have presences on Facebook, another social networking site, Carroll says he believes that "Twitter is more accessible."

Anyone with a Twitter account can follow the Huntington Police Department, @HgtnPolice, to receive the department's updates.

However, a Twitter account is not necessary to check out HPD tweets, which can also be accessed online at twitter.com/HgtnPolice.

Carroll says he plans to send out tweets about street closings; special events such as festivals, high school football games and other evens that might cause traffic congestion; and weather alerts for floods, tornadoes and thunderstorms.

He also plans to use Twitter as an investigative tool. For example, officers looking for a stolen vehicle might tweet information about that vehicle.

Followers will also receive alerts about large-scale investigations as they're happening, Carroll says.

"Instead of rumors swirling around, I want to get the basic facts out there," he says. "I like to inform the community as much as possible, what we're doing in the city."