Police tweeting in Derbyshire towns

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POLICE officers in parts of Derbyshire can follow their local officers on Twitter now after 13 Safer Neighbourhood team accounts have been launched.

Constables and PCSOs from Chesterfield and Staveley are among the ones who will be tweeting.

They will share details of their daily patrols, operations they take part in and offer crime prevention advice.

The officers will also make appeals for information about local crimes.

Derbyshire Police launched their Twitter site in the summer of 2009 and uses it to share news, appeals and information with followers.

To date, the force has more than 13,200 followers but this is the first time neighbourhood officers in the county have held accounts.

Force web manager Ben Sherwin said: “We asked teams to volunteer to take part in this pilot and if it’s successful, other Safer Neighbourhood officers elsewhere in the county will be given the chance to have their own Twitter accounts.

“The fact that so many people now follow us on Twitter shows how popular it has become and we hope that people will take the opportunity to follow their local team.”