The Force will be providing social media users with a unique insight into the world of policing – by reporting incidents and calls for help in real time.
On Tuesday, 23 August, the Force will be posting messages and images across a range of social media channels about incidents attended by teams of officers who are based in Loughborough but cover the whole of North West Leicestershire.
It’s hoped the nine hour initiative – from 7am to 4pm – will provide the public with a fascinating opportunity to follow police officers as they deal with a breadth of incidents and local issues.
Leicestershire Police has 324 officers employed in Patrol and Resolution Teams (PRTs) whose role is to respond to all manner of incidents (both non-emergency and 999 calls) from cows on the road to serious crime. The teams are based at four geographic hubs situated throughout the force area, one of which is at Loughborough.
Next Tuesday, the Loughborough PRT will be taking part in the “Takeover Day” initiative. They will be accompanied on shift by staff from the Force’s Communications and Engagement Directorate who will be posting messages throughout the shift about the incidents the officers are called to.
As well as sending out tweets (#PRTTakeover) and posting messages on Facebook, they will also be covering the shift on Instagram and Snapchat.
Other social media activities planned for the shift include Question and Answer sessions with the officers, live video streams and conducting polls surveying public opinion about a range of local community issues.
Sgt Jo Harland, who will be in charge of the PRT shift on duty during the Takeover Day, said: “I really hope that lots of people get online next Tuesday to follow my officers as they go about protecting the public and keeping communities safe.
“Policing is unpredictable, in that we never know when we come on shift what type of issues and incidents we may be called to. On a typical shift, however, the team of eight officers will be called to between 30 and 40 incidents requiring our help.”
Whilst we will try to give quite a bit of detail about the range of incidents officers are dispatched to, the Force will not be publishing any personal details of any victim, potential offender or eye-witness during takeover day.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News