21 December 2012

Residents in Watton can now keep up-to-date with their local police on Twitter.

@ThetfordPolice was launched in September 2012 and is used by officers and PCSOs to update people living in the Thetford, Attleborough and now Watton areas about what’s going on.

As well as reassuring and informing local residents about local policing incidents, officers update locals on arrests, charges, convictions and crime trends.

The account also offers crime prevention advice and advertises local police surgeries and meetings.

Chief Inspector Paul Durham, who himself broadcasts updates from @ThetfordPolice, said: "Twitter allows people to receive live information and pictures direct from local police including details on key arrests, incidents of note, drugs raids, as well as relevant crime prevention and safety advice.

"It's proving a popular additonal source of information and method for people to ask questions and Twitter users in Watton can now enjoy this service too."

Twitter is used to compliment other sources of information including regular local meetings and police surgeries and Norfolk Constabulary's free Police Direct service, which offers email, text and voicemail updates on local crimes and incidents. To register visit www.norfolk.police.uk

Norfolk Constabulary's main Twitter account @NorfolkPolice has more than 11,000 followers, with local accounts in King's Lynn and West Norfolk (@KingsLynnPolice), Norwich (@NorwichPoliceUK), Great Yarmouth (@GYarmouthPolice) and North Norfolk (@NorthNorfPolice). They provide updates on countywide and local policing issues and operations.