Cops and social media aren't always a good mix, but we've noticed that some cops have been using the Internet to reach out to residents and do their jobs better.
Take Southwest Detective Joseph Murray, who, as @TheFuzz9143, used to tweet about crime suspects and recent arrests. Last week, the Daily News reported that his followers, who say his tweets made them feel safe, have been fighting to get him back on Twitter (he hasn't tweeted since January, when he learned he needed to get permission from Police Commissioner Charles Ramsay to use his official title on social media sites). There's almost 200 signatures on a petition to get him tweeting again.
Over in Fishtown, 26th District Capt. Michael Cram also takes an electronic approach, though he'd rather get on a message board ("I don't even know how to tweet," he tells us). He's an active member of the neighborhood's online forums, answering questions, posting crime stats and encouraging people to contact him.
"It's just another way to deliver services better to our customers," Cram says.