NYPD goes to 'Twitter school'

NYPD Goes to 'Twitter School'

NEW YORK (WPIX) -- If there's anything we've learned in recent years, social media could be your best friend - that's if it's used correctly.

The New York City Police Department is learning the hard way after a few epic blunders caused more damage than good.

It's now prompted officials to send officers to a so-called "Twitter school."

It was back in April when the department attempted to reach out to the community, urging followers to share their photos with a member of the NYPD, using the hashtag #MyNYPD.

What happened next could be best described as trolling at its best.

From images depicting police brutality to shocking behavior by officers, countless photos surfaced with the hashtag that put the NYPD is a very bad light.

Another gaffe occurred just last month when Capt. Thomas Harnisch of Harlem sent out a snarky tweet, making light of an accident where a woman was killed when she fell off a subway platform at a Union Square station.

"Let me guess, driver's fault right?" Harnisch tweeted. He later apologized for the insensitive tweet.

In an effort to avoid another debacle, the New York Post is reporting that some top cops have been enrolled in a course on Twitter at John Jay College.

While a course in "social media do's and don'ts" may have some benefits, the reality is that the department may get a better handle on the Twitter game by just asking a teenager.

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