Police Twitter war? No just some playful training

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LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Lower Township Police Department’s Twitter feed took a playful jab at its neighbor in Middle Township during a Marketing Your Agency conference held by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Wednesday in East Windsor.

The presentation for police chiefs across the state focused on how law enforcement agencies can use social media like Twitter to communicate with the public.

What seemed like the start of a “Twitter war” at first was just part of learning the humorous side of social media, according to the Lower Township Police Department’s Twitter feed, @LowerTwpPolice.

At 10:41 a.m. Lower Township police Twitter account posted “Lower is a much better agency then middle #njsacop.” About an hour later the Twitter account posted “We are in a training course with the NJSACOP on promoting your agency. Learning the humor side of social media.”

The Twitter account also said “We support and appreciate our relationship with our neighboring agency Middle.”

Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana said he was sitting next to Middle Township Police Chief Chris Leusner when he sent the message as a joke. He did not think it would be posted to the Twitter account, he said.

Middle Township Police Department Capt. John Edwards said he thought the first Twitter post was good-natured ribbing before the clarifying posts were made later. He said the police departments are friendly.

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