Killamarsh, Eckington and Dronfield police teams turn to Twitter

Posted on 28th November 2013
Residents in Killamarsh, Eckington and Dronfield have the chance to keep up-to-date with their local police on Twitter.

Officers from the area’s Safer Neighbourhood policing teams have taken to the social networking site to help them keep in touch with the local community.

They have joined colleagues from 42 other Safer Neighbourhood teams across Derbyshire who have volunteered to tweet from the streets and keep residents informed about the work of the neighbourhood policing teams.

Officers use Twitter to 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.

For Dronfield, PC Heather Brown and PCSO Mark Karim will be ‘tweeting’ while they are on duty. PCSO Dale Merchant has volunteered to tweet from the streets of Eckington and PC Laura Farmer is keeping Killamarsh residents up-to-date.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Greg Hunt said: “I’m really pleased that my officers have volunteered to keep their communities informed about the work they are doing locally through social media.

“Twitter seems to be growing more and more popular, and offers us the benefits of being able to send out simple messages with information about crime and safety. We are also able to link in with other community groups and respond to feedback from followers.”

Sgt. Hunt added: “We are always looking for ways in which we can engage with the residents we serve, and Twitter provides that additional tool to reach members of the community we might not see while on patrol or at a police surgery.”

To follow the teams, visit the social networking site and search for @DronfieldSNT|, @EckingtonSNT| or @KillamarshSNT|.

Derbyshire police launched its own Twitter site in 2009 and uses it to share news, appeals and information with more than 23,000 followers.

You can also follow all of Derbyshire’s neighbourhood officers on Twitter by subscribing to the Safer Neighbourhood Teams list on Twitter, or follow @DerbysPolice| to receive tweets from across the county.

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