Somewhere in policing someone hates social media and does not like the way in which it is increasing confidence within policing and breaking barriers because policing voices are being silenced and shut down.
Policing and Twitter has enabled police officers to communicate with their communities like never before, increasing engagement, building bridges and ensuring members of the community can see highlights of what is happening within their local community, adding a personality to the local policing team and simply making people smile.
They enable members of the public to see that our police officers are just like us and that they are actually human with a sense of humour, But Professional Standards and force policy are putting a stop and attempting to kill the strong policing tweeting community they are silencing a large number of accounts.
Many Police Inspectors, Police Officers and Special Constables are finding they are being called into the offices with senior management teams and being forced to hand over the passwords of their accounts, or shut down their twitter policing accounts.
In a time of police cuts, POLICE HOUR believes this is the real reason that officers are having their voices taken away, they simply do not want the public to see the real picture. The once highly supported accounts who have been fully approved via the internal forces processes are now in certain forces being shut down.
Despite this officers are even being forced to lock down their own accounts or close them completely, controlling the way officers are using social media.
Very few forces actually get the benefit of social media
Some police officers out there who tweet are very lucky and find themselves supported by their police force, because these forces have truly grasped technology with the right guidelines in place to encourage tweeting in the right way.
It’s all about learning what you can and can’t say on social media and when it all goes wrong it’s simply a mistake, a simple tweet and these should be supported by senior officers in forces.
Many forces do support these because when they get it right the power of Twitter can be amazing and engage communities and people across the world like never before in creative ways and in ways the public can relate too.
How can a police officer become a police tweeter?
Police Staff and Police Officers can apply to run their own Twitter account, but they must follow forces internal policy and submit a business needs request in order to run an official account, and they must then face the senior management team and a decision will then be made by the chief constable based on the reasoning for wanting to open a policing twitter account. It’s not an easy road.
We are not back in 2006
We are very concerned to hear that a number of policing tweeting accounts are being forced to stop tweeting or to only tweet in shift this is not 2006 anymore when accounts were hunted down by PSD disciplined and removed, this is public engagement like never before this is 2018
— Police Hour (@PoliceHour) February 3, 2018
Police Hour is now becoming very concerned to hear that a number of policing tweeting accounts are being forced to stop tweeting or to only tweet in a shift this is not 2006 anymore when accounts were hunted down by PSD disciplined and removed, this is public engagement like never before this is 2018.
Whoever is forcing these accounts to shut down, you really need to consider the positive impact of policing and twitter and how it has improved relationships with communities.