Posted on 19th March 2018
Today sees the launch of new, dedicated, local Facebook pages for our Safer Neighbourhood policing teams in Chaddesden Derwent Spondon and Oakwood, Normanton and Rose Hill, Bolsover and Clowne, Dronfield and Glossopdale.
Officers from each team will be able to update their team Facebook page whenever they are on duty with crime appeals, information about local policing and community initiatives.
They are piloting a trial which, if successful, will see the service opened up to all Safer Neighbourhood policing teams in Derbyshire.
The neighbourhood Facebook pages are in addition to the main Derbyshire Constabulary Facebook page, which has been running for almost a decade, and now has more than 78,000 likes.
More than 80 of our Safer Neighbourhood policing teams also have a Twitter account, which will continue to run alongside any neighbourhood Facebook pages to help our officer reach different audiences.
Each officer will be able to connect to the Facebook page using mobile technology, which looks similar to a mobile phone, to ensure they are able to keep their community updated while out on patrol, and without having to return to their base.
The mobile data devices are also used by officers to record statements, stop searches, access force systems and update incidents so that they can spend more time on patrol.
Ben Sherwin, Digital Media Manager at Derbyshire Constabulary, said: “The new local Facebook pages for our Safer Neighbourhood policing teams in Chaddesden Derwent Spondon and Oakwood, Normanton and Rose Hill, Bolsover and Clowne, Dronfield and Glossopdale will give our officers the opportunity to give timely, relevant information which we hope will help residents to stay safe and informed.
“While a lot of people still rely on traditional media outlets such as local newspapers, radio and TV, social media is ever popular through various different platforms. A lot of our teams already have their own Twitter account, and Facebook is another way in which they can directly communicate with users in their community.”
Ben added: “Our officers can update their Facebook or Twitter accounts remotely through their mobile devices too, and it can only take a couple of minutes, allowing them to give out timely messages and respond to queries and questions while on duty.”
“The accounts will be monitored while an officer is on duty, and not 24/7, so it is important people continue to report crime through the non-emergency and emergency numbers, and there will be a note on the page reminding users of this important information.”
Why not give our teams a like? You can find them through the following links:
To report a crime or suspicious incident call 101 for non-emergencies, and 999 for emergency situations where a crime is ongoing or life is at risk.