Tweets on the beat

Twitter users can follow community cops in action @EastRenPolice.
Twitter users can follow community cops in action @EastRenPolice.

TWITTER users across East Renfrewshire will have a chance to follow a day in the life of a community police officer later this month.

East Ren’s community police team are taking to social media for a night of tweets on the beat – a real time account of what’s happening on your streets.

The first time event takes place on Friday, May 17, from 5-10pm, with communities inspector Alan Dickson taking up the keyboard.

Inspector Dickson will be relaying information from officers manning the CCTV response vehicle – a joint venture with East Renfrewshire council, which links the authority’s CCTV controllers with officers on the ground.

He told The Extra: “The plan is to focus on our link with the council and the good partnership work we do, as well as the incidents our officers attend and have to deal with on any given night.

“I’ll be putting out information on what we’ve been doing in the weeks before, the initiatives we’re running and incidents of note, and we’ll also be out and about with the community wardens, and tweeting about their work.

“With a medium like Twitter, which is so immediate, you never know what’s going to happen. But even if it is an everyday occurrence to us, you never know what residents will be interested to find out.”

@EastRenPolice is a dedicated East Renfrewshire feed, updated by officers at Giffnock station.

The account has over 900 followers – and it’s hoped that the real time initiative will push it over 1,000.

However, the community cop stresses that Twitter is a method of sharing information only.

Inspector Dickson added: “Twitter is not a suitable medium for reporting crime, and this initiative isn’t set up to encourage it.

“The site isn’t always monitored, and there’s no guarantee a message will be seen in time. If there is something you need to report, please call the 101 number, or 999 for an urgent matter.”

You can find the community policing team at www.twitter.com/EastRenPolice.