Palo Alto PD Plans to Live-Tweet a Friday Night, Because of Course

Sounds scintillating.

Palo Alto’s finest. (Photo:

Is there any place more constantly connected than Silicon Valley? The latest illustration: The Palo Alto Police Department is doing a “virtual ride-along,” on Friday night, via Twitter (of course.)

Is anyone else now picturing Jack Dorsey inviting himself along, providing design tips and suggestions for simplification as Palo Alto’s finest attempt to do their job?

According to the local Patch:

Starting at 5 p.m. a member of the department’s public information team will ride along with a patrol officer, live-tweeting calls for service, crimes in progress, arrests, vehicle accidents, and anything else that comes up during the officer’s shift until 1 a.m. Saturday.

Expect something like 50 to 150 tweets, adding up to basically the least exciting Cops episode of all time. But for a truly detailed accounting of the law enforcement experience, you’re probably better off turning to–where else?–Quora.