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A Twitter Ride-Along With Cops All Around The World

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From Friday to Saturday morning, police forces from around the world joined together on social networking site Twitter for a 24 hour tweet-a-thon.

The hashtag #poltwt showed tweets about police work, policing issues and perps gone awry from every corner of the globe. Anyone could join the virtual ride-along to see what a typical day for a police officer entails. See the map of who participated here.

Here are some of the finest tweets from our law-enforcing men and women:

SWEDEN: Where the detainees are impressed

-"Sir, you are the first person arrested to go in our new police car." .. -"That's not bad, how nice of you." #poltwt

— YB Södermalm (@YB_Sodermalm) March 22, 2013

ALABAMA, U.S.: Just business, as usual

Officer conducted traffic stop and issued warning for speeding. #poltwt

— Piedmont Police Dept (@piedmontpolice) March 22, 2013

U.S. Customs: Need a better hiding spot

Hide and seek! CBP found 150 lbs. of #drugs in this truck bed. #poltwt#photoofthedaytwitter.com/CustomsBorder/…

— CBP (@CustomsBorder) March 22, 2013

Manchester, UK: Newest addition

Meet Mo - our newest police dog. For more photos of GMP's dogs view flickr.com/photos/gmpolic…#poltwttwitter.com/gmpolice/statu…

— G M Police (@gmpolice) March 22, 2013


Sweden: Cakes, not donuts

•We just pass the limit for 2000 followers. The promised cake have now arrived. Thanks! #poltwt Ping @sdangardttwitter.com/OPFalunBorlang…

— OP Falun/Borlänge (@OPFalunBorlange) March 22, 2013


UK: Take care out there!

Snowing now at FHQ this morning#poltwtTake great care driving. twitter.com/ChInsDonnaAlle…

— Donna Allen (@ChInsDonnaAllen) March 22, 2013


NEW ZEALAND: Attention, Ladies

#poltwt. Don't lippy and drive. Report of a car swerving over the road while driver applies make up

— Manukau Police (@ManukauPolice) March 22, 2013

NEW ZEALAND: Don't cycle and drink, either

We picked up cyclist off road who was still smiling. They admitted it was first time trying alcohol. Grand age of 60. #poltwt

— NZ Police (@BetterWorkStory) March 22, 2013


UK: Catching perps, red handed

"ladies, i believe i could have someone red handed for this job" #poltwt#redpawedtwitter.com/GMPNewtonHeath…

— GMP - Newton Heath (@GMPNewtonHeath) March 22, 2013


THE NETHERLANDS: It's important to be cautious and thorough

@jjdemul Doortastendheid is belangrijk, zorgvuldigheid is ons inziens nog belangrijker. Blijf ons volgen. #poltwt

— COR Politie (@corpolitie) March 22, 2013


USA: Sports car speeding

With the help of @nyorksrpg we have got the Ferrari stopped. Stern words of advice given #TeamNYP#poltwttwitter.com/snayorkwest/st…

— NYP York West (@snayorkwest) March 22, 2013

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