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#Bellingham Police Department now on Twitter

You can follow them @BellinghamPD.

Last month Bellingham police brass moved Lt. Bob Vander Yacht, a former bomb squad leader, into the job of spokesman. He hopes to build up a stronger social media presence for the police department.

The first couple of tweets:

— Bellingham Police (@BellinghamPD) February 14, 2014

— Bellingham Police (@BellinghamPD) February 14, 2014Here's a collection of other folks who chime in on social media with local crime, fire, weather or public safety news.

—Our @bhamcrime account, or Bellingham Crime, which I run; the main @BhamHerald handle; Herald reporter Samantha WohlfeilState Trooper Mark FrancisDillon Honcoop and KGMI Radio; the Western Washington University student newspaper, The Western FrontWhatcom Unified Emergency ManagementBellingham Weather@LyndenFire@BhamPDactivity; @wsdot_north for traffic news; Skagit Valley Herald cops reporter Russell Hixon; and the official City of Bellingham Twitter, @CityofBhamWA, a press release feed.

—The Whatcom Scanner Report, on Facebook and Twitter, for unconfirmed scanner dispatches and community-sourced crime and fire news.

—The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.