Washington PD social media is talk of the town

Washington PD social media is talk of the town

WASHINGTON, Ill - The award-winning social media accounts of the Washington Police Department are the talk of the town.

"It's just awesome," said Rebecca Harms, a resident of Washington. "I mean, every time I see it, it just makes me laugh."

It's a sentiment echoed across the community.

"Hysterical," said Jill Hermann. "It just kind of makes my day."

Master Sergeant Jeff Stevens is the man behind the keyboard.

"Back in 2013, we were looking for a way to reach out to the community and try to converse on a level that is a little bit different than what we normally see in the enforcement context," MSgt. Stevens explained.

It worked. 

The city of about 17,000 has, between the Facebook and Twitter accounts, over 10,000 followers. It was also recognized by Peoria Magazines for having the best social media presence in 2017.

"The deer post, the one we did last year, about this time, and the one more recently, have been real popular, over 100,000 views," said Stevens. "The mouse trap posts are very popular."

Stevens says police often see people in bad situations.

"You know, we realize we interact with people who aren't real happy with us a lot of times," Stevens explained. "We understand that some guy says our officer was a jerk. Well, to that guy, at that time, our officer was a jerk. We try to stay positive.

"People don't expect that to come out a police department and that is a huge, positive thing for this community," said Washington Police Chief Mike McCoy.


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