Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit are now officially ‘tweeting’.
Anyone who follows @roadpoliceBCH can expect timely and useful information about incidents across the three counties relating to road closures and collisions, road safety advice as well as information about enforcement operations and arrests.
The tri-force Roads Policing Unit is responsible for all motorway and road patrols, the ANPR Intercept team (Automated Number Plate Recognition), Collision Investigation Unit and Traffic Management. They respond to incidents from various hubs around Beds, Herts and Cambs and will use Twitter to keep the public updated on their work and activities.
The three forces already tweet many messages a day using @bedspolice @CambsCops @HertsPolice and between them currently have around 43,000 followers – with the @roadpoliceBCH account up and running it will add additional followers to the work of the three forces.
Chief Inspector Richard Hann, from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Roads Policing Unit, said using social media was a great step forward in sharing information with the public as it happens.
He said: “Using Twitter is a great way for us to get closer to the public we serve and really connect with people on a one to one basis.
“We operate across the three counties, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and Twitter means that people can have a greater appreciation of what we do and the difference we are making.
“If we can use Twitter to notify drivers in real time of road closures and openings, or tell them of arrests we have made or people that have been protected because of road safety measures we have put in place, then we are doing our job well.
“People may feel that sometimes we are at arm’s length because we are stuck behind a steering wheel of a car but this is one of many ways we can engage with people and give them a real feel for the work we are doing to fight crime and protect the public.”