PORTSMOUTH’S City Centre Unit has been crowned the UK’s top police ‘tweeter’ in a poll.
The dedicated team – who set up the first police Twitter account in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – were selected from 40 nominees .
Their tweets, led by sergeant Rob Sutton, are now followed by almost 3,000 people all over the world.
Their success has led bosses to encourage other Hampshire Constabulary teams to set up their own Twitter accounts.
As well as providing crime prevention advice, city centre unit officers interact with their followers, updating them on crimes, and even running competitions – one of which led to their police van being appropriately named ‘Ni-Nah.’
One judge said: ‘An account that is lively, informative and relevant to the people and area that they police. Professional without being pompous or stuffy. Humorous where appropriate. They make the local connection local.’
Another commented: ‘They respond to everyone! If you look for the all round educating, informative, interesting and entertaining then they have got it. And they are hashtag-tastic! They are really fun but have serious stuff to share as well.’
The contest was set by Nick Keane from the National Policing Improvement Agency to mark the 500th UK police Twitter profile.
· Good spot from our pcsos Tracy and Lee led to a prolific burglar being stopped and searched by Mark W #notonourpatchthankyou #teamwork
· In this job you really think you see it all but when you get called to deal with someone who has urinated in the middle of a busy shop?!
· It sort of takes the... anyway. The male has caused criminal damage and has been reported to explain himself at court. #onlyinpompey
· Simon & Mark W just given advice 2 motorists on how to prevent road rage. Pulling out on someone and then sticking ur finger up is not cool