The town’s police force has now got its own Twitter account, which will be used to reassure and inform local residents during major news stories. Officers will be able to update locals on arrests, charges, convictions and crime trends.
@KingsLynnPolice will be used by officers, PCSOs and the Superintendent to update people living in and around the town about what’s going on.
They will also use the account to offer crime prevention advice and advertise local police surgeries and meetings.
Superintendent Dave Marshall, policing lead for West Norfolk, said: “We don’t just want it to be about warning people, we want to explain some of the things we do that they might not know about and give people another way to talk to us.
“Most of the tweets will come directly from PCSOs and officers and will give the public an insight in to what’s happening in their local area. PCSOs will be monitoring the site and use it as a way to communicate with the public about issues that matter to them.
“We understand that many of the people living in the town would rather find out about local priorities through Twitter, instead of attending a priority meeting or a police surgery. That being said, it’s important that people realise that this is not the place to report a crime – 999 and 101 are still the ways to do that.”
This is the first district-wide police Twitter account in Norfolk and there are plans for other districts to follow suit.
This account will mainly focus on policing issues in and around King’s Lynn, but will cover stories from other areas around West Norfolk when necessary.
The account will kick off with a launch day on Friday 8 June, with tweets, videos and pictures from across the town’s police team throughout the day.
We will be updating this page with more information and photos of the launch on Friday.
The King’s Lynn Police Twitter account can be found at twitter.com/KingsLynnPolice