The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office has implemented a program called “Cop-Ed” on Facebook to inform the public of what it is like to be a police officer.
Chisago County Deputy Kyle Puelston is the officer behind Cop-Ed.
“The whole idea for Cop-Ed was to take questions people have that deal with issues that are going on in our community, or for the public outside of our community, and try to give people a better idea of what is going on with our job and why we do things a certain way,” Puelston said.
The articles on Cop-Ed are either informative pieces or stories of emergency calls the Chisago County deputies have taken. One reason Puelston started Cop-Ed was when former Chisago County Deputy Jim Mott, who is now an investigator, was involved in a medical emergency with someone who was in cardiac arrest.
“Jim Mott had to drive an ambulance to Wyoming and was driving down the freeway, and cars were not getting over and yielding for him. He had to slow down and couldn’t get to the hospital as fast as he could, and the person ended up dying from a heart attack,” Puelston said. “Jim wanted to write something for our Facebook page and get the message out that people need to pay attention while they are driving and be aware of emergency lights.”
Mott wrote a story about the incident, and it was posted on the Chisago County Facebook page. It went viral, and within a week, it had 500,000 views.
“The TV news crews interviewed Jim about the incident, and it was on the evening news,” Puelston said. “I thought this would be a great thing to do more frequently to cover all sort of topics about law enforcement.”
Facebook is not the only way that the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office is communicating with the community through social media. Every other Saturday, they have virtual ride-a-longs on Twitter. They call it “Tweets from the Streets.”
“Deputies tweet about the calls that they get after the fact and let people know what they are doing,” Puelston said. “One of the reasons we are on Twitter is because we can interact with younger people, and specifically residents of Chisago County and inform them what it’s like to be a deputy working the streets.”
The public can find the stories and articles on Cop-Ed by going to the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Puelston said people can find past Cop-Ed stories on the page by clicking on the “notes” section.