Tweet on the beat

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RESIDENTS can see how Derbyshire Constabulary polices the streets during Halloween as the force uses the internet to tweet on the beat.

For the first time, details of Halloween patrols and incidents officers are being dispatched to will be put on the force Twitter feed throughout the evening of Monday, October 31.

Residents in parts of Derby will be able to follow local Safer Neighbourhood team patrols online. Details of calls coming into the force control room from across the county will also be tweeted.

Derby East Inspector Kam Bria said: “Halloween is one of our busiest times of the year, with reactive officers dispatched to calls for service and Safer Neighbourhood teams carrying out extra patrols to keep their communities safe and free from anti-social behaviour.

“By using Twitter, we can keep people up-to-date with the kinds of calls we are receiving and how we are responding.”

Derbyshire Constabulary’s web manager, Ben Sherwin, said: “Twitter is a great way of telling the public what we are doing in real time.

“We plan to tweet details of incidents such as anti-social behaviour or criminal damage and anything experienced by Derby officers on patrol.”

Derbyshire Constabulary now has almost 8,000 followers on Twitter. This increased during the period of disorder seen across the country in August, as the force used social network sites to keep residents up-to-date with the latest news.

You can follow Derbyshire police on Twitter via /DerbysPolice. Tweet on the Beat will start at 5pm on Monday, October 31.