Campus police reach out through social media.
By Adriana Ruiz
Students, faculty and staff can get the latest campus safety tips and news updates through social media by following the Alamo Colleges Police Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Chief of Police Don Adams said the department frequently posts general information on topics such as fire safety and bike safety along with videos and photos of their members.
Adams said social media outlets allow them to communicate with the community more quickly as well as become more interactive.
He said anyone can post on the Facebook and Twitter pages as long as it is tasteful. He said they are not limiting anyone from sharing posts that involve or inform the community.
“Anyone can use it,” Adams said. “We don’t restrict or block unless they post ugly things.”
Adams said the department made the decision to create Facebook and Twitter pages because they provide an easier way of communicating with the community and relaying information.
“I believe it will enhance our communication,” Adams said.
He said although social media is interactive, he would not recommend anyone use it to contact the police for help.
“It is not a way of reporting emergencies because we do not have someone constantly monitoring,” he said. “(People should) still contact the police through the emergency number.”
The emergency number is 210-485-0911, and the non-emergency number is 210-485-0099.
Adams said he and district Crime Prevention Officer Charlie McLennan are the only two with access to the police Facebook and Twitter pages.
Since joining social media outlets, the police department has 112 likes on Facebook and 29 followers on Twitter.
To like the police on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/alamocollegespd. To follow them on Twitter, visit www.twitter.com/AlamoCollegesPD.