Last week's hostage drama reminds us that important crime developments can break at any time. Twitter, the microblogging service, is one convenient way to track the latest local crime and fire news. Top among regional sites is Sacbee_news, the Bee's main account spotlighting important breaking news in the region. There are also Twitter streams from police reporters Chelsea Phua and Kim Minugh, who give you the behind-the-scenes look at ongoing news coverage.
But what Twitter feeds do Bee journalists use to keep up with public safety news? Here's a list of non-Bee accounts compiled by Bill Enfield, crime and courts editor.
SacPolice - Official Twitter page for the Sacramento Police Department maintained by the Police News Media Team.
SacFirePIO - Official site of the Sacramento Fire Department's public information officer Capt. Jim Doucette.
News10_ca - Links to top stories being reported by the KXTV news team.
Fox40 - Breaking news alerts and video updates from the KTXL news team.
CBS13rightnow - Breaking local and national news from the KOVR news team.
Scannerboy02 - Tweets from a freelance videographer who tracks the local police scanner.
TwinRiversPD - Official site of the Twin Rivers Police Department.
CalFirePIO - Official site of the California Fire Department's PIO Daniel Berlant.
-- Pete Basofin