Sgt Jon Biddle: Twitter Cop

Brockley's Safer Neighbourhoods Sergeant is taking part in a pilot project to use Twitter to connect wilth local residents. The police say:

Called @MPSBrockleySgt, PS Jon Biddle will keep local residents informed of his whereabouts and that of his team, update the community with news, safety advice and preventative measures, promote police surgeries and events, re-Tweet any useful information from relevant and local sources and generally use the medium of Twitter to engage with his local residents in his ward.

PS Jon Biddle, said: "I am always looking at new ways of engaging with the community I serve and I think it is important that we explore different communication methods available to speak to the public . I have only been using Twitter for a couple of weeks but already I have been able to use it to send out crime statistics and prevention advice, it allows me to communicate with different members of the community my team serve."

The police have been using Twitter at a borough level for some time, but this service provides a fascinating extra layer of detail, even if it does occasionally lapse in to Dixon of Dock Green entreaties to lock all your doors and windows. It would be easy to become unhealthily obsessed with the number of burglaries and car thefts they deal with, but Biddle is also good at tweeting to tell us that no crimes have been committed.

For example, Biddle's latest tweet at the time of writing:

Just received the reported overnight Crime Stats for #brockley no burglaries, robberies or car crime. Triple excellent!!! #Together

10 comments:

A Nonymous said...

Well, since I was a victim of burglary 4 weeks ago, and my next door neighbour a week ago, please excuse me if I am unhealthily obsessed with burglary. Burglary over the Boro' is up 100%.

Post Humous said...

"Burglary over the Boro' is up 100%."Citation needed! 

Brockleylion said...

Burglary and robbery general will probably go up as we enter the triple dip of our recession cycle.

A Nonymous said...

From the PCSO that knocked on my door and handed me yet another leaflet about locking doors and windows. My burglar broke my window bypassing the locks.

Top Cat said...

Did you say he was called Officer Dibble?

me said...

Tweeting indeed. We would like to sight just 1 of these people in our bit of Brockles where we get anti social behaviour every summer. They just take a wander through every couple of years!

AN Other said...

I've seen them at Brockley Market a few times and on Tressillian Road a fair bit (does that mean that's where the crime is? :-/ hope not) I know it's only one road but they seem to have a big area to cover with limited resources. I suppose there's only so much they can do. By the looks of it we can keep an eye out with constant updates from Brockley Sgt Biddle. I think it'll catch on. 21st century policing

A Nnoying said...

Would you prefer them be stuck in the office designing bespoke leaflets for you than doing worthwhile work? I'd rather them continue engaging with us and knocking on our doors like they did when my neighbour was burgled than sitting in front of a computer!
Keep up the good work Brockley SNT

And Another said...

Before embracing new technologies, perhaps they should first learn to answer the phone. We left several messages on their answerphone, never got a call back.

A Nonymous said...

 I agree, I emailed them, didn't get a reply.

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