Philly Police Commissioner Ramsey Joins Twitter, Gets Soaked in Ice Bucket Challenge

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    Philadelphia's top cop got a supersized surprise during his ice bucket challenge to support ALS. (Published Friday, Aug. 22, 2014)

    Philadelphia's top cop will now be connecting with citizens in 140 characters as he became the latest city officer to join Twitter.

    Commissioner Charles Ramsey sent his first tweet to the masses on Friday afternoon and showed everyone he can "make it rain," posting a video of him completing the Ice Bucket Challenge.

    In the video, a small cup of ice was traded for a large bucket behind his back leaving Ramsey a little colder than he probably expected.

    In the commissioner's second tweet, he challenged Mayor Michael Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison to go under the ice.

    Ramsey is the 59th member of Philadelphia Police force to operate a department-sanctioned Twitter account. The department has made a major push in recent years to utilize technology to connect with the community and fight crime.

    In addition to encouraging officers to tweet, the department posts to Facebook, photos to Instagram and Flickr and even uses memes (a funny image shared online citing pop culture references) to convey safety information to the city.

    Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.