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City And Police Push Social Media For St. Patrick's Day Information

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St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner - and that means there's lots going on that you need to know about. Some of Savannah's St. Patrick's Day traditions may have been around for nearly two centuries...but the City and Metro Police are firmly moving into the 21st century when it comes to communicating with the public about the; for the second year - making a big push on social media.

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is a tradition as old as time in Savannah - but the way city officials are getting the word out about it isn't. Lt. Greg Mitchell says, "We're in the modern era now - so we're going to be using Twitter, Facebook, all those type of conveniences to get information out to folks - what we want people to do is come to Savannah have an enjoyable time and be safe - so we're gonna communicate in all the media forms that are available to us." And about everything the public might need to know...from where to buy wristbands, to what roads are closed - and even where lines for port-a-potties are shortest. "Let's be honest, there's a tremendous amount of alcohol that's consumed - with that comes a number of challenges and so sometimes people can get kind of surly when they're stuck in long lines and it can lead to other bigger problems - so if there's a way that we as a city and a police department can kind of anticipate that then by all means we want to take advantage of it," says Lt. David Gay.

It's also a good way to get information out that's needed immediately. Police are recommending parents take a picture of their children dressed up for the holiday before heading downtown...in case you get separated, authorities can quickly get that picture out says Lt. Gay, "Telling us you have a five year old child that's wearing green is probably not a whole lot of help to us - if you can share a picture - that's a much more you know - important piece of information - that's something that we can even push internally to police officers and supervisors with smart phones as well." Police Spokesman Julian Miller agrees, "If there's anything that comes up that we need the public to know you know - it's amazing how many people are watching this."

We've provided links to the city and police Twitter and Facebook pages with this article.

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