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Bobbies on the tweet: Strathclyde Police tells more than 130 cops to tweet from the beat

Bobbies on the tweet: Strathclyde Police tells more than 130 cops to tweet from the beat

@neale_gilhooley lol! unsuccessful? yeah, guess that my work with GMP served no purpose to them whatsoever...


25 Apr 2012 - 10:59
Bobbies on the tweet: Strathclyde Police tells more than 130 cops to tweet from the beat

Bobbies on the tweet: Strathclyde Police tells more than 130 cops to tweet from the beat

@neale_gilhooley tosh Neale. One of the measures the government use to assess the performance of police forces (aside from the obvious crime stats) is the fear of crime - a big factor of which is the visibility of officers. Do you feel safe? Have you seen an officer etc. etc.

Are you suggesting that current methods such as leaflets in a post office or occasional leaflet drops are more than enough to show what they have been up to - or are a good use of Inspector time? They all need writing by the inspectors too - what harm does a few seconds to tweet that they have shifted some youths on, or reported a shattered bus shelter do?

As for the SM types dig...you'd be really surprised jut how valuable monitoring the inline space is for both detecting crime AND understanding how the police can operate better.


25 Apr 2012 - 10:40
Bobbies on the tweet: Strathclyde Police tells more than 130 cops to tweet from the beat

Bobbies on the tweet: Strathclyde Police tells more than 130 cops to tweet from the beat

@stuart_b - more spoken by someone entirely independent of the police but who has lots of experience of understanding their comms issues, as well as the channels in which they communicate (or may want to begin communicating).

Because of staff cuts across most forces, Inspectors (or rather Neighbourhood Inspectors as they are termed), are being tasked with more and more communications responsibility - whether they like it or not.

The trick is to strike a balance between providing valuable enough content for the public without it affecting their day-to-day activities.

If you have enough NI's tweeting daily - even once or twice per day it is neither invasive, nor invisible to the public.


24 Apr 2012 - 17:32
Bobbies on the tweet: Strathclyde Police tells more than 130 cops to tweet from the beat

Bobbies on the tweet: Strathclyde Police tells more than 130 cops to tweet from the beat

Hmmm, seem to recall presenting this to several forces way back in 2009...nice to see someone has caught on...finally.

Visibility of officers is as important online as it is offline - and crucial in reducing the fear of crime. Just because you may not have seen an officer, does not mean that an officer hasn't been past your house, or done something when you haven't been in.

Leaving an online "trace", even if it is in the form of a tweet or a check-in, proves that an officer has been past.

Wouldn't YOU like to know that police are doing something, even when you aren't looking?


24 Apr 2012 - 13:11
Are Facebook users really in a panic about Timeline?

Are Facebook users really in a panic about Timeline?

@green20806 good point - and the other thing to bear in mind is that after the initial fuss about spotify streaming all sorts of rubbish we listen tom, we have all become quite comfortable sharing automatically...for now...


1 Feb 2012 - 11:22

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