Two months ago, spokewoman Lt. Andra Brown said the San Diego Police Department hoped to join law enforcement agencies across the nation and begin using social media tools like Twitter and Facebook before July 1.

It’s July 1, but you still can’t knowingly send a tweet or Facebook message to San Diego Police. I say knowingly because police already monitor social media for investigative purposes. So what’s up?

“Other matters have taken priority,” Brown wrote in an email today. “We are still in the process of working toward incorporating a more robust social media aspect to the department’s ability to communicate.”

Brown didn’t say which matters delayed the social media project, but notably, the department has been rocked this year by its largest scandal in a decade.

So, stay tuned.

Keegan Kyle is a news reporter for He writes about public safety and handles the Fact Check Blog. What should he write about next?

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