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Swindon police commander Supt Andrew Carr

Swindon police commander Supt Andrew Carr

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SOCIAL media is giving police the means to increase their local presence and encourage discussion with their communities, according to Swindon commander Andrew Carr.

Last week the Chief of the College of Policing claimed that social media now made up more than half the work of a frontline officer, and new intiatives in Swindon were helping the force tackle this latest challenge.

Superintendent Carr said Swindon police were one of the most effective in communicating with their communities online, but that numbers of boots on the ground would not change.

“I think social media is a very interesting aspect of our work, because we as a police service have to be very aware of it in a great deal of what we do,” he said.

“We try to use it as best we can and inform people in the area of the results of our operations and to get messages out there.

“It can be a difficult part of the role in many ways and is something we are always looking to improve in whatever way we can.

“Swindon police in particular are quite active with Facebook pages set up, and Twitter is useful to get the messages out there for us. It has been an inevitable development but one I think we have embraced.

“There is a fine line and we do have to be careful as social media can get a bit out of hand.

“But there are the proper laws in place to deal with people who might misbehave online which we can act upon. We do have sufficient laws to deal with it at the moment, but we need to work on the educational side of things.

“People can take actions on social media they might not do in real life, and are less aware of the consequences of what they might say and do, so that is a definite challenge going forward in policing.”

Social media in Swindon policing is due to take a step forward when a new community messaging system goes live this month as part of a trial in West Swindon.

The community messaging system has been helped along with funds from the Police and Crime Commissioner, and could be rolled out across the town by September of this year.

West Swindon Inspector Martyn Sweett has welcomed the move as a unique way to bring neighbourhood policing closer to the community.

“The way it works is a two-way messaging system between neighbourhood watch teams and the police,” he said.

“In due course other partners will also be able to engage in the process.

“We can send an alert out to groups of houses as appropriate, and within five seconds a message can be blasted out to a particular area or street.

“That encourages a bit of two-way feedback, both from ourselves and from the neighbour- hood watch teams.”

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9:43am Tue 1 Jul 14

Hmmmf says...

Adver wrote:
Last week the Chief of the College of Policing claimed that social media now made up more than half the work of a frontline officer

If more than half of an officer's work is sitting on their backsides faffing around on Facebook they can hardly be described as 'frontline' can they. What a wonderful image to release in the aftermath of Tom Rogers' murder: 'frontline' officers sat on their Rses **** about on Twitter and Facebook.
West Swindon Inspector Martyn Sweett said:
The way it works is a two-way messaging system between neighbourhood watch teams and the police

There used to be a two-way messaging system between the police and people living in the neighbourhood called 'conversation.' It involved officers walking the beat and getting to know everybody there. Not content with distancing coppers from the public by sticking them in cars, now they're sticking them behind screens. They may as well be in Bangalore.
[quote][p][bold]Adver[/bold] wrote: Last week the Chief of the College of Policing claimed that social media now made up more than half the work of a frontline officer[/quote] If more than half of an officer's work is sitting on their backsides faffing around on Facebook they can hardly be described as 'frontline' can they. What a wonderful image to release in the aftermath of Tom Rogers' murder: 'frontline' officers sat on their Rses **** about on Twitter and Facebook. [quote][p][bold]West Swindon Inspector Martyn Sweett[/bold] said: The way it works is a two-way messaging system between neighbourhood watch teams and the police[/quote] There used to be a two-way messaging system between the police and people living in the neighbourhood called 'conversation.' It involved officers walking the beat and getting to know everybody there. Not content with distancing coppers from the public by sticking them in cars, now they're sticking them behind screens. They may as well be in Bangalore. Hmmmf
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10:31am Tue 1 Jul 14

The Real Librarian says...

QUOTE
Last week the Chief of the College of Policing claimed that social media now made up more than half the work of a frontline officer
UNQUOTE

Hmmmf beat me to it.

Unless they are doing this from a Smartphone, while on patrol, then they ain't front line officers.

In other news, WTF do they find to talk about online for half of an eight hour shift?
QUOTE Last week the Chief of the College of Policing claimed that social media now made up more than half the work of a frontline officer UNQUOTE Hmmmf beat me to it. Unless they are doing this from a Smartphone, while on patrol, then they ain't front line officers. In other news, WTF do they find to talk about online for half of an eight hour shift? The Real Librarian
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10:36am Tue 1 Jul 14

Localboy86 says...

I haven't seen a copper in my local area for at least a week and I thought there was meant to be an increased presence recently.
I haven't seen a copper in my local area for at least a week and I thought there was meant to be an increased presence recently. Localboy86
  • Score: 1

1:01pm Tue 1 Jul 14

house on the hill says...

The Real Librarian wrote:
QUOTE
Last week the Chief of the College of Policing claimed that social media now made up more than half the work of a frontline officer
UNQUOTE

Hmmmf beat me to it.

Unless they are doing this from a Smartphone, while on patrol, then they ain't front line officers.

In other news, WTF do they find to talk about online for half of an eight hour shift?
Maybe you should be asking that question to the public at large who seem to live their empty lives on social media gossiping about this and that and feeding their insecurities with lots of "friends".

It does have its uses but not sure it is being used as it should be here. The police should be on the streets and as others have said they can access sadbook from anywhere so why cant they be out and about while they do?
[quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: QUOTE Last week the Chief of the College of Policing claimed that social media now made up more than half the work of a frontline officer UNQUOTE Hmmmf beat me to it. Unless they are doing this from a Smartphone, while on patrol, then they ain't front line officers. In other news, WTF do they find to talk about online for half of an eight hour shift?[/p][/quote]Maybe you should be asking that question to the public at large who seem to live their empty lives on social media gossiping about this and that and feeding their insecurities with lots of "friends". It does have its uses but not sure it is being used as it should be here. The police should be on the streets and as others have said they can access sadbook from anywhere so why cant they be out and about while they do? house on the hill
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6:03pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Localboy86 says...

house on the hill wrote:
The Real Librarian wrote:
QUOTE
Last week the Chief of the College of Policing claimed that social media now made up more than half the work of a frontline officer
UNQUOTE

Hmmmf beat me to it.

Unless they are doing this from a Smartphone, while on patrol, then they ain't front line officers.

In other news, WTF do they find to talk about online for half of an eight hour shift?
Maybe you should be asking that question to the public at large who seem to live their empty lives on social media gossiping about this and that and feeding their insecurities with lots of "friends".

It does have its uses but not sure it is being used as it should be here. The police should be on the streets and as others have said they can access sadbook from anywhere so why cant they be out and about while they do?
You're just sad you have no friends, hence why you are always on here instead of FB / Twitter lol
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: QUOTE Last week the Chief of the College of Policing claimed that social media now made up more than half the work of a frontline officer UNQUOTE Hmmmf beat me to it. Unless they are doing this from a Smartphone, while on patrol, then they ain't front line officers. In other news, WTF do they find to talk about online for half of an eight hour shift?[/p][/quote]Maybe you should be asking that question to the public at large who seem to live their empty lives on social media gossiping about this and that and feeding their insecurities with lots of "friends". It does have its uses but not sure it is being used as it should be here. The police should be on the streets and as others have said they can access sadbook from anywhere so why cant they be out and about while they do?[/p][/quote]You're just sad you have no friends, hence why you are always on here instead of FB / Twitter lol Localboy86
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3:33pm Wed 2 Jul 14

fuzzey says...

Localboy86 wrote:
I haven't seen a copper in my local area for at least a week and I thought there was meant to be an increased presence recently.
We saw more than few in our local area of Ferndale on Monday evening ??we have nothing but praise for the way this operation was carried out .the residents were not panicked in any way .They appear to have done a very good job .which i believe proves when really needed they are there on the job for us .
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: I haven't seen a copper in my local area for at least a week and I thought there was meant to be an increased presence recently.[/p][/quote]We saw more than few in our local area of Ferndale on Monday evening ??we have nothing but praise for the way this operation was carried out .the residents were not panicked in any way .They appear to have done a very good job .which i believe proves when really needed they are there on the job for us . fuzzey
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