Limavady PSNI entered the world of social media recently by creating a Facebook page and now they’ve have become fully integrated in the online world by joining Twitter.
Police say the move is to provide local members of the community with another channel to engage with officers and contribute to the policing debate.
Limavady Area Commander, Chief Inspector, Sam Donaldson told the ‘Journal’: “The whole medium of social networking presents us with a new way to engage with local residents and communities. To date, @PSNILimavady have made 12 tweets and attracted 19 followers.
“The new Limavady Twitter site, which can be found online at Twitter.com/PSNILimavady will give us the opportunity to give timely, relevant information, to the community which will ultimately help them to stay safe and informed.
“Local officers will be updating the content of the page while they are on-duty, and on the beat in communities. It only takes a few minutes to upload information which can then be accessed instantaneously by followers who can discuss any issues with their local police.
“We also welcome comments that local people may want to post on the site, however abusive or inappropriate comments will be removed. I’d also like to highlight that the Twitter page will not be monitored 24/7, and it is not a means of reporting a crime or criminal activity.
“People with information relating to crime or criminal behaviour are still asked to report activity of this nature via telephone by either ringing the police non-emergency number 0845 600 8000, or by contacting the independent charity, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.”
The Police Service of Northern Ireland has been increasing its use of Facebook and Twitter social media sites, since successful pilot projects highlighted the benefits of this form of community engagement. The PSNI now has over 80,000 Twitter and Facebook followers and expects this number to grow as more sites are established.