HARRISONBURG, Va. (WVIR) - The Harrisonburg Police Department is taking a big step in the social media age.

Officials announced Saturday, November 10, the department will now have a Twitter account.

The police department hopes the move will provide quicker, more efficient releases and distribution of important information.

A release also says they will use the platform for crime prevention tips, community development events and as a way to engage with the daily activities of officers.