BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The City of Bakersfield is now using social media to let you know what's going around town.
The city launched its own Facebook page Thursday along with Parks and Recreation, the Visitor’s Bureau and the Bakersfield Police Department.
The Bakersfield Fire Department launched its Facebook page on Monday. The Bakersfield Fire Department and Bakersfield Police Department also have a Twitter page.
“In the past we've used different methods to reach people. We used press releases, city website, but now we have grown a client base that is interested in social media so we're happy to provide it to them,” said Caleb Blaschke, Management Assistant for the City of Bakersfield.
Alejandra Guitron, Community Relations Specialist with the Bakersfield Police Department, told 23ABC the department will be using Facebook to post alerts, upcoming events and safety tips.
“We are so excited to have a Facebook Page for the Bakersfield Police Department. It gives us an opportunity to communicate a lot better with our community,” said Guitron.
Police will also use its Facebook page to post information about suspects officers are looking for.
"This is another way for us to get the public’s help. As we know the community is our eyes and ears of the department so this is another way to communicate,” said Guitron.
Caleb Blaschke told 23ABC residents will find traffic updates among other important information on the city’s page.
"We'll be providing TRIP updates so they can see what projects are going on and parents can see what is going with the parks and what events are happening,” said Blaschke.
Each department will have two people in charge of the social media sites.
To find each agency's site click here and then click on the social media icon.
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