Wiltshire Chief Constable embraces Twitter

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Wiltshire Chief Constable Pat Geenty's Twitter account became active today Wiltshire Chief Constable Pat Geenty's Twitter account became active today

The Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, Pat Geenty, has joined social media micro-blogging site Twitter.

For the first time, the communities of Wiltshire will be able to directly engage with the Force’s most senior officer on a regular basis.

Mr Geenty’s account is active from today, giving users the chance to see what his role consists of as well as reading his thoughts on both local and national policing matters.

The Chief Constable is the first in a number of senior officers from Wiltshire Police who will be joining Twitter in the coming months as the Force increases its engagement through social media.

Mr Geenty said: “I’m delighted to be able to use Twitter and am looking forward to engaging with the public on a much more personal level.

“Social media is now at the forefront of modern day communications and I felt it was important that we, as a Force, embrace the vast opportunities it offers.

“Some of our officers are already using Twitter and I know that our main Wiltshire Police account is an extremely useful tool for the public and media in accessing instant information about the work of our Force.

“I want to be as close to the communities of Wiltshire as possible but I recognise that to do that, I need to be more accessible too and this is a fantastic way of ensuring that happens.

“I aim to update my followers with news on my daily activities as well offer my opinions on policing matters both within our Force and the wider national stories and events.”

You can find Mr Geenty’s online profile by either following his Twitter handle @wiltspoliceCC or searching for Chief Constable Wiltshire on the site. Over 11,000 people already follow Wiltshire Police’s main Twitter account @wiltshirepolice.

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6:57pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Fluffy peppa says...

An excellent decision and a good tool to engage at a local level and with other forces as well as the public.

I would be interested in reading what his day to day role is about and about what he gets up to away from his job.

Giving the wider picture for a platform to reach various age groups via twitter, social media will be able to give greater understanding to the pressures/deadlines Mr Geenty deals with.

Hope he engages with light hearted banter as well!
An excellent decision and a good tool to engage at a local level and with other forces as well as the public. I would be interested in reading what his day to day role is about and about what he gets up to away from his job. Giving the wider picture for a platform to reach various age groups via twitter, social media will be able to give greater understanding to the pressures/deadlines Mr Geenty deals with. Hope he engages with light hearted banter as well! Fluffy peppa

11:41pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Fluffy peppa wrote:
An excellent decision and a good tool to engage at a local level and with other forces as well as the public.

I would be interested in reading what his day to day role is about and about what he gets up to away from his job.

Giving the wider picture for a platform to reach various age groups via twitter, social media will be able to give greater understanding to the pressures/deadlines Mr Geenty deals with.

Hope he engages with light hearted banter as well!
How much did they pay you to say that?
[quote][p][bold]Fluffy peppa[/bold] wrote: An excellent decision and a good tool to engage at a local level and with other forces as well as the public. I would be interested in reading what his day to day role is about and about what he gets up to away from his job. Giving the wider picture for a platform to reach various age groups via twitter, social media will be able to give greater understanding to the pressures/deadlines Mr Geenty deals with. Hope he engages with light hearted banter as well![/p][/quote]How much did they pay you to say that? Mrs Donnyfly

1:10pm Fri 6 Dec 13

beetawix says...

Twitter is more likely to stir up trouble than have any beneficial effect.
Twitter is more likely to stir up trouble than have any beneficial effect. beetawix

1:39pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Fluffy peppa says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
Fluffy peppa wrote:
An excellent decision and a good tool to engage at a local level and with other forces as well as the public.

I would be interested in reading what his day to day role is about and about what he gets up to away from his job.

Giving the wider picture for a platform to reach various age groups via twitter, social media will be able to give greater understanding to the pressures/deadlines Mr Geenty deals with.

Hope he engages with light hearted banter as well!
How much did they pay you to say that?
Mrs Donnyfly......ha ha ha no one pays me anything to type my thoughts.
The point if comments is just that - the readers comments.

Obviously a member of the public (me) has rattled your cage!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fluffy peppa[/bold] wrote: An excellent decision and a good tool to engage at a local level and with other forces as well as the public. I would be interested in reading what his day to day role is about and about what he gets up to away from his job. Giving the wider picture for a platform to reach various age groups via twitter, social media will be able to give greater understanding to the pressures/deadlines Mr Geenty deals with. Hope he engages with light hearted banter as well![/p][/quote]How much did they pay you to say that?[/p][/quote]Mrs Donnyfly......ha ha ha no one pays me anything to type my thoughts. The point if comments is just that - the readers comments. Obviously a member of the public (me) has rattled your cage!!!!! Fluffy peppa

3:56pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

No cages rattled here Fluffy.

Might I suggest that 'Paddy' Geenty (did he used to have a goat?) or Wiltshire Police would do well to quickly hire you on a PR basis - if you're not already employed in that capacity that is.
No cages rattled here Fluffy. Might I suggest that 'Paddy' Geenty (did he used to have a goat?) or Wiltshire Police would do well to quickly hire you on a PR basis - if you're not already employed in that capacity that is. Mrs Donnyfly

5:01pm Fri 6 Dec 13

sir roy.orbit of chippenham says...

I don't mind the police using twitter and facebook occasionally (20 minutes per month or less ideally) as long as they don't get too warm and cosy and forget to get out on the streets where the crimes are taking place.
I don't mind the police using twitter and facebook occasionally (20 minutes per month or less ideally) as long as they don't get too warm and cosy and forget to get out on the streets where the crimes are taking place. sir roy.orbit of chippenham

8:49pm Fri 6 Dec 13

beetawix says...

sir roy.orbit of chippenham wrote:
I don't mind the police using twitter and facebook occasionally (20 minutes per month or less ideally) as long as they don't get too warm and cosy and forget to get out on the streets where the crimes are taking place.
Indeed. Twitter users are now relatively small but if the entire county were to be connected and also signed up to Twitter we may need another police force to manage the Twits. However Tweet-a-cop will fall into disuse or be superceded by then.
[quote][p][bold]sir roy.orbit of chippenham[/bold] wrote: I don't mind the police using twitter and facebook occasionally (20 minutes per month or less ideally) as long as they don't get too warm and cosy and forget to get out on the streets where the crimes are taking place.[/p][/quote]Indeed. Twitter users are now relatively small but if the entire county were to be connected and also signed up to Twitter we may need another police force to manage the Twits. However Tweet-a-cop will fall into disuse or be superceded by then. beetawix

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