Posted: Mon 27th Jun 2016

Barry Inspector ‘Going Live’ On Twitter In July

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Monday, Jun 27th, 2016

Barry police inspector Rob Miles will pilot a Twitter-chat on Tuesday, 5 July, 2016. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The man in charge of policing the town is taking questions between 6.30pm and 7.30pm via the popular social networking platform using @SWPBarryandVOG which now has 473 followers. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Chat sessions using the popular social network are nothing new, but Rob will become the first police officer in the region to do it, making it a landmark move for the Inspector who is keen to reach out to the people of Barry. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

He said: “Twitter and other social networks like Facebook are becoming more and more important to us as it gives us another a dynamic way to engage with the public. I genuinely want to see what people have to say and wherever possible I will answer any questions people might have. We do a good, honest job of policing the area and it is important that we reach out to people to explain what we do and why we do it.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The @SWPBarryandVOG Twitter handle was launched back in the Summer of 2015 alongside three other sector-level Twitter accounts to give people the option of hyper-local police related news and updates about crimes and incidents, ongoing investigations, community work, crime prevention advice and for awareness raising. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Rob Miles added: “We know through research that people are only really interested in relevant news, so in order to give them what they wanted we launched sector-level Twitter accounts last year. Hopefully people will take us up on the opportunity and join in the conversation.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

‘#AsktheInspector’ will be used to manage the conversation – in the run up to the session on 5 July, 2016, @SWPBarryandVOG followers are encouraged to use that hashtag or send a direct message to suggest areas of interest. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Any questions which cannot get answered within the hour will be followed up after the event. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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