Police twittering more and more

April 14, 2009 4:23:33 AM PDT
The long arm of the law now has some long fingers, too.

Officers are typing messages on Twitter to get the word out.

Milwaukee police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz says Twitter can be a valuable tool to reach people quickly.

The Los Angeles Fire Department uses Twitter to both send and receive messages.

But the social networking Internet sites have a potential downside.

Last month, the Texas attorney general's office shut down a phony Twitter account called "Austin PD."

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