Local police departments no longer require a phone call to be reached, but instead can be found and contacted through Twitter.
The Carrboro and Chapel Hill Police Departments, along with UNC Department of Public Safety, all have accounts on the 140-character social media site and frequently post updates about alerts and traffic incidents.
Officer D here; our RADAR sign is up near the McDougle school crossing. Watch out for our kids in the school zones! pic.twitter.com/OmXvBWa63b
— Carrboro PD (@CarrboroPD) September 1, 2015
CHPD spokesman Joshua Mecimore said the police department's decision to make a Twitter account was based on how people now receive information.
“We realized a lot of people don't get their information through traditional media anymore, and we wanted to be able to communicate, especially with our student population,” he said.