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Belper, Heage, Duffield and residents in the surrounding areas can follow their local police on Twitter

Posted on 29th April 2014

Residents in the Belper, Heage, Duffield and Holloway areas can now keep up-to-date with police as their local Safer Neighbourhood teams take to Twitter.

Officers are using the social networking site to help them keep in touch with their local community online as well as out on the streets.

More than 60 Safer Neighbourhood policing teams across Derbyshire now have their own Twitter account, where they 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 Belper town, PC Andrea Smith will be ‘tweeting’ from while on duty and PC Dave Chambers has volunteered to tweet from the streets of Duffield, Idridgehay, Holloway Alderwasley, Blackbrook, Cowers Lane and Hazelwood.

In Heage and Ambergate, PC Kirsty Bunn and PCSO Scott Hunt will update their local Twitter Feed.

Sgt. Neil Glover, who is in charge of the Safer Neighbourhood policing teams in the Belper area, said: “I think Twitter is a great medium through which our local policing teams can keep communities informed about their work.

 “It also gives us an extra tool to engage with residents, especially those who might not want to attend a police surgery or meeting, but would still like to know what their local officers are doing.”

They follow in the footsteps of the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, who were the first in the Belper area to update a Twitter feed.

Since they started their account in June last year, the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team has achieved more than 360 followers.

Sgt. Glover added: “The benefits include being able to send out short, timely, simple messages about crime and safety in the area, to respond to feedback and to also link in with other local groups using the site too.

“We’ve seen the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team following grow, and I hope it will increase further. I would encourage people to take a look even if they’ve never been on the site before as it might be worthwhile.”

To follow the teams, visit the social networking site and search for @HeageSNT, @BelperTownSNT, @BelperRuralSNT or @KilburnSNT.

Derbyshire police launched its own Twitter site in 2009 and uses it to share news, appeals and information with more than 25,000 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.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.