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The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office will open the doors of patrol cars to the community for a virtual ride-along with deputies from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday on Twitter and Facebook.

“The sheriff’s ride-along will follow every call during the afternoon shift, tweeting information and posting information on Facebook about the calls for service, along with pictures and video of the deputies at work,” said Administrative Capt. Michael Dunn.

He said participants will be able to watch the work of the afternoon shift in real time as if they were in the front seat of a patrol car.

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office will use these two social media sites to increase awareness and to encourage the public to share information that could help to solve crimes across the country.

“By doing a virtual ride-along, it makes our office more accessible and transparent to the residents of Niagara County and provides an inside view of the deputies who serve our community,” said Sheriff James R. Voutour.

The virtual ride-along will also showcase photos and descriptions of specialty equipment being used by the department and learn more about the 911 emergency dispatchers working during the shift.

Followers will be able to ask questions during the ride-along and receive real-time replies.

To join the virtual ride-along, “friend” the Sheriff’s Office on Twitter at twitter.com/niagarasheriff and “like” it on Facebook at facebook.com/niagarasheriff.

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