GMP’s City Centre twitter account is reaching more people than ever after hitting the milestone of 100,000 followers.
The account which was established in May 2011 features updates on incidents and crime prevention in an often tongue in cheek way from the team who are based in the heart of the city.
Inspector Phil Spurgeon from the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team heads up the account. He said: “It’s great to be able to reach this milestone and is an opportunity to thank our followers for their support over the years.
“We like to tweet about the good, bad, ugly and downright strange aspects of policing in Manchester city centre.
“Our sometimes irreverent style isn’t always to everyone’s liking but we always try our best not to tweet anything at the expense of our callers or victims.”
Since its set up the city centre twitter account has reached over 2.5 billion people and has had over 300,000 link clicks and 23,000 mentions. The account also has more followers than 25 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.
Inspector Spurgeon added: “Our mantra is that we should be serious about the serious stuff, but with everything else there is an opportunity to have fun and build a rapport with our growing community, be it those from the area or those who come and go but still want to know what is happening.
“We know we don’t always get it right and when we are wrong we happily put our hands up and apologise, make amends, delete material and reflect on what we’ve done.”
Each of GMP’s neighbourhood policing teams has a twitter account and this enables them to reach thousands of people within the community and beyond. The updates are an opportunity for people to find out what is happening in their area and also what is being done to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.
You can find details of all GMP’s social media accounts by visiting www.gmp.police.uk/socialmedia