- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - The Hammond police chief says he’d like to use social media to have more person connections with the community.

Chief John Doughty tells The (Munster) Times (http://bit.ly/1LHJZGS ) that the department’s community affairs division is under new leadership. He says it has been asked to make “significant improvements” in the way it communicates with residents, specifically teenagers. The chief wants to use Twitter and the department’s Facebook page to communicate with the public.

Doughty says he also wants officers to try to have more face-to-face interactions with the community outside of their squad cars when they’re on patrol. He wants officers to attend neighborhood watch meetings.

He also is encouraging citizens to use the city’s Hammond 311 mobile app to report non-emergency situations.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

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