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Billerica, Burlington, and Tyngsborough police attracting crowd on Twitter

Burlington police tweeted this photo of a dog stuck on a roof  and it quickly went viral.
Burlington police tweeted this photo of a dog stuck on a roof and it quickly went viral.

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Three local police departments are helping lead the way in tweeting news to residents about traffic snarls, drug arrests, phone scams, and other activities of their officers.

Billerica, Burlington, and Tyngsborough’s departments have among the largest number of Twitter followers of police agencies their size nationwide, according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Center for Social Media.

“It’s a great way for us to get information out and a great way for the public to receive information,” said Burlington Police Lieutenant Glen Mills, who oversees the department’s site, @burlingtonpd.

In a top-10 list of US police departments with 50-99 officers posted on the center’s website, Billerica (@BillericaPD) is listed as second only to Mountain View, Calif., in Twitter followers. Burlington ranked fifth on the list, which are updated by the association quarterly but continue to grow daily.

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