INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Boston Marathon bombing presented a new challenge to the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety. Director Troy Riggs told 24-Hour News 8 it's a result of how people communicate today.
"I was not notified about this explosion by the Department of Homeland Security. I was not notified from the federal government. I was not notified through the media. I was notified through a tweet," Riggs said. "And that's something that has really changed the way we do business in government."
Riggs said his department began reviewing all of its policies as soon as it learned of the tragedy on Monday.
"We're going to look at the intelligence that comes out of Boston. If there's something that we think we can do to keep that from occurring here, we are certainly going to make those changes."
One change will be in his department's social media policy.
"We had an efficiency team planned, later this year, to look at social media. But, after this explosion, we think it's important to make sure that we're fully involved in social media."
Agencies within the Department of Public Safety have their own Twitter feeds.
But, "we do not have really a coordinated effort and we need to be more coordinated."
This would allow the agencies to be a source of information for their followers and also a resource for his investigators to gather information.
"This isn't just because of the explosion," Riggs said. "This gives us a little more impetus to do it now. But, seeing the changes in society and the way we communicate, it also allows us to talk to people, directly. So, if we have a traffic tie-up, if a citizen is having a problem with someone nearby at an event that's just being unruly, they can send us a tweet. We'll send some officers there and check it out."
Riggs wants the new social media procedures in place for the Mini-Marathon. "As communication changes," he said, "we need to change, as well, in public safety."
This is part of a discussion Riggs had during a radio interview with 24-Hour News 8 Anchor Eric Halvorson.
They talked about more than social media. They addressed everything from violence in Indianapolis to the department's evaluation of hybrid cars.
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