The Sacramento Sheriff's Department invites anyone with a computer or smart phone to follow its helicopter crew during a Friday night "Tweet-along."
The first-ever virtual ride-along via Twitter will show the public what a night shift is like for the pilot and observer deputies in a department helicopter. The Tweet-along begins at 5 p.m. and runs until midnight on Friday.
During that time, a deputy inside the STAR (Sheriff's Tactical Air Resource) helicopter will be posting messages, photos and videos that exhibit the preflight checks, take-off and interaction with patrol deputies on the ground.
Interested citizens can follow along on their computers at http://twitter.com/sacsheriff.
To have updates sent to a mobile phone, a person can create a Twitter account, and
Twitter will send updates.