Katrina at the Truth writes
Counties Manukau Police will be joining law enforcement agencies from around the world this week to increase awareness of police work via social media.
The first Global Police Tweet-a-thon will see officers and staff from eight countries tweet about their experiences from the frontline giving a snapshot of the work that they do and the issues they face on a daily basis. Messages will be sent out from nearly 150 different Twitter accounts.
Globally the tweet-a-thon will run for 24 hours from 8am on Friday (22 March) with agencies operating for all or any part of that period. Due to time zones New Zealand and Australia will be first out of the blocks.
New Zealand Police will be tweeting from 8am until midnight using two accounts – @ManukauPolice, @BetterWorkStory, – and the event hashtag #poltwt
If they think that’s going to help, I’m fine with it. But I really don’t like the trend of Police turning up at a complaint where there is a large group of people, usually younger and drunk, and their first instinct is to beat the crap out of the Officers. Tweetin’ ain’t gonna help that, and cops aren’t paid enough to face that sort of shit.
Counties Manukau Police already has a popular Facebook presence (www.facebook.com/counties.manukau.police). If you visit the page you can check out all of the exciting events which have been happening within the District, help identify Counties Manukau’ most wanteds, receive fantastic crime prevention tips and be kept up to date with current Police news.
Throughout Friday, Counties Manukau Police will be giving a flavour of a typical Friday on the frontline across the District.
Counties Manukau District Commander, John Tims, said: “Social media and Police are ‘partners in crime’ and the use of social media has become an everyday part of Police business. It’s a great way to interact directly with our community in real time. By providing the public with tips and information it will hopefully prevent them from becoming future victims of crime.
“We’re looking forward to Twitter users joining us on this global venture.”