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Alvaston officer will be tweeting on the beat after flocking to social network site

Posted on 13th December 2013

Police operations, crime prevention advice and appeals will be tweeted out after an Alvaston PCSO joined Twitter.

PCSO Jarrod Hobson is the latest Derbyshire police officer to take to the social networking site.

The officer, from Alvaston Safer Neighbourhood Team, will be sending out short messages about the work he and his colleagues are doing.

This includes ongoing police operations, up-to-date information on incidents, witness appeals for crimes, police event details and personal safety advice.

To keep in the loop with the team, follow @AlvastonSNT on Twitter.

PCSO Hobson said: “I’d heard from other officers who run Twitter accounts that it can be a really useful tool for us in getting important information out to people.

“With so many users on the site, it allows us to tell people about what police are doing, any safety and security advice, events we are holding and crime trends to be aware of.

“It’s important that we get that message to everyone we can, including people who get the bulk of their news online.

“Twitter also gives us a chance to engage with people and show them a different, more light-hearted side to what we do.”

The Alvaston Twitter profile is the 48th Safer Neighbourhood feed across Derbyshire, all of which aim to keep residents updated about policing work online.

Derbyshire Constabulary also has a central profile - @DerbysPolice – which has more than 23,000 followers.

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