The Richmond Police Department will soon release the first of six “virtual ride alongs” on YouTube that will allow residents to follow the department’s officers as they work their shifts.
A total of six “pictorial” ride along videos (essentially photos shown in a video format) have been produced, with the first slated to be released in a “few more weeks,” police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said Wednesday.
“They are meant to show the daily job of officers through the eyes of a citizen,” Abetkov said.
Law enforcement agencies nationwide have been using virtual ride-alongs on social media sites to offer citizens a peek into their departments, partly in an effort to boost transparency. Ride alongs come in different forms, from videos produced like the TV reality series “Cops” to Twitter ride alongs in which public information officers tag along with cops and live-tweet the action.
The virtual ride alongs have been teased on RPD’s Facebook page.
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