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Safer Neighbourhood officer heads online to tweet from the beat in Ilkeston

Posted on 23rd December 2013

People in Ilkeston will be able to keep up-to-date on policing issues on their streets as a local officer takes to Twitter.

PCSO Matt Lewis, from Ilkeston Town Safer Neighbourhood Team, is the latest Derbyshire police officer to head to the social network.

He will be tweeting about a wide range of topics including crimes, witness appeals, photos of stolen or seized property, safety advice, road closures, events the team is holding and more.

Ilkeston residents can find out what PCSO Lewis and the team are up to by logging on to Twitter and following @IlkestonTownSNT.

PCSO Lewis said: “Twitter is a great way for us to engage with our community in a new and convenient way.

“It’s proved essential for other Safer Neighbourhood teams in Derbyshire and helps us spread appeals and important information really quickly.

“Many people nowadays head online to get their news so it’s important for us to be there to share what we are doing and to help keep our community safe.”

The Ilkeston Town profile is one of more than 50 accounts across the force – with Ilkeston Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team also signing up recently.

That profile, run by PC Russ Crooks, can be followed at @IlkestonRural.

Derbyshire Constabulary also has a central profile – @DerbysPolice – which has more than 23,500 followers.

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