Maryland Police Department Plans to Live Tweet a Prostitution Sting

In an effort to combat prostitution, a Maryland police department is taking to Twitter and will live tweet a prostution sting operation, WUSA9 TV in Maryland reports.

Like many police departments across the country, PGPD has live-Tweeted everything from traffic conditions at Redskins games to investigations with their K-9 unit but they said they may be the first to live-Tweet a prostitution sting, and they are inviting the public to come along.

According to the Prince George’s County Police Department’s blog, they will tweet from @PGPDNews and use #PGPDVice. Though, they have not specified the exact date and time of the sting operation.

The police department said they are using Twitter to provide transparency, USA Today reports.

"So much of what a law enforcement agency does is behind the scenes and the community is really intrigued by that work," Parker said. "We're simply putting it out in a very public forum."

Parker said live-tweeting will target "Johns" -- the people who solicit prostitutes -- and will potentially tweet their names, charges and even photos. All this is public information, when someone is arrested of a crime, Parker said.


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