If the 112th Precinct follows you on Twitter sometime in the near future, don’t assume it’s a parody account or a scam.
In an effort to eventually have every police precinct in the city on Twitter, the 112th Precinct, along with four other city stations, including the 106th Precinct in South Queens, will be a part of a pilot program to test the effectiveness of the strategy, according to published reports.
Only one police-related Twitter account, @NYPDNews, is active on the social media site.
The other units involved in the program are the 83rd Precinct in Bushwick and Manhattan’s 25th Precinct and Police Service Area 6.
Heidi Chain, 112th Precinct Community Council president, said she thinks “this will be a very successful program” but could not offer more information.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff of the 106th Precinct was active on Twitter when he was the 76th Precinct commander until 15 months ago, when the station’s Twitter account he ran was ordered shut down.
Schiff came under fire from NYPD officials in January 2013 after he tweeted about two career criminals’ impending release from prison.
The men, Efrain Gauthier and Eduardo Guzman, were both re-arrested after committing additional crimes after being released.
This is not the first time the 112th Precinct, which serves Forest Hills and Rego Park, has been involved in an NYPD pilot program.
In December, the station was the first in the city to host a virtual community council meeting in addition to a regularly scheduled in-person gathering.
The online meeting, which used a Skype-like video chat service called Spreecast, featuring Chain, precinct Capt. Thomas Conforti and Det. Gigi Redzematovic, ended abruptly after technical issues.