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Norway Police join social networking. Senior regional Norwegian police officers have opened Twitter accounts in efforts to improve communication. Districts such as Hedmark, Oslo, and Nordmøre og Romsdal, and Finnmark have already opened accounts which has encouraged others to do so. Several officers say they have noticed positive response from citizens. Police in Sogn og Fjordane were one of the first to open a Twitter account to communicate with the public. Chief Constable Johan Brekke says this social networking website is a “useful information channel” and says it has benefitted the region.

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Norway Police join social networking

Published on Tuesday, 22nd November, 2011 at 11:16 under the news category, by John Price   .

Senior regional Norwegian police officers have opened Twitter accounts in efforts to improve communication.

Norwegian police uniform close-up
Norwegian police uniform close-up
Photo: Ministry of Justice and Police/Flickr


Districts such as Hedmark, Oslo, and Nordmøre og Romsdal, and Finnmark have already opened accounts which has encouraged others to do so. Several officers say they have noticed positive response from citizens.

Police in Sogn og Fjordane were one of the first to open a Twitter account to communicate with the public. Chief Constable Johan Brekke says this social networking website is a “useful information channel” and says it has benefitted the region.

“I use it as an important medium for getting information to the public. I have received many positive reactions from them,” he said to NRK.

Torbjørn Aas, acting Chief Constable for Vestfinnmark Police District says he has 2,200 followers, calls it “very efficient”.

“It's a great arena in which to meet the public, and be a visible profile. Twitter allows police to be available, and the threshold to get in touch is low.”

Moreover, whilst Chief Constable Trond Prytz in Nord-Trøndelag says officers in the district want to connect more with the public, Nord-Trøndelag Police Inspector Jan Birger Jacobsen says, “we opened a Twitter account so the media should not call us as often.”

“We want to save time and save the journalists having to check facts. What we see now is that since we only publish short news reports, reporters call to get more information anyway.”

Sør-Trøndelag police have not opened a Twitter account yet, but it will be discussed once their communications advisor returns from annual leave.

“We try to be good at communication, and may need to consider Twitter. It is still the same whether communication happens on Twitter or other arenas for now,” says Chief Constable Nils Kristian Moe.



Published on Tuesday, 22nd November, 2011 at 11:16 under the news category, by John Price   .

This post has the following tags: norwaypolicetwitter, norwegianpolicesocialnetworking.





  
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