‘Tweeting’ on the beat

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Residents in parts of Derbyshire can now follow their local officers on Twitter as 13 Safer Neighbourhood team accounts are being launched today.

For the first time, police constables and PCSOs from Safer Neighbourhood teams in Shipley View, South Normanton and Pinxton, along with ten other towns, will use the site to keep residents in their beat up to date.

Derbyshire Police says officers will share details of daily patrols, operations they take part in and offer crime prevention advice. They will also make appeals for information about local crime.

Derbyshire police launched its Twitter site in the summer of 2009 and uses it to share news, appeals and information with followers. To date, the force has more than 13,200 followers but this is the first time neighbourhood officers in the county have held accounts.

Force web manager Ben Sherwin said: “We asked teams to volunteer to take part in this pilot and if it’s successful, other Safer Neighbourhood officers elsewhere in the county will be given the chance to have their own Twitter accounts.

“The fact that so many people now follow us on Twitter shows how popular it has become and we hope that people will take the opportunity to follow their local team and find out more about policing in their community.”

Full details of the teams who are on Twitter can be found on the Derbyshire Constabulary website.