You can now tweet cops about your problems, give feedback
Launched on Republic Day, Twitter handle of city police gets 51 followers in 24 hours
NAVI MUMBAI: Almost a month after Mumbai police launched their Twitter handle, their Navi Mumbai counterparts followed suit.
In an effort to ensure better policing, the Navi Mumbai police launched their twitter account on Republic Day and got 51 followers in the first 24 hours. Residents can now reach out to the cops at their twitter handle: @ N_ MumbaiPolice.
“Now, it will be convenient for residents to stay in our touch and vice versa through it,” said Prabhat Ranjan, Navi Mumbai police commissioner.
Dilip Sawant, deputy commissioner of police ( crime) said: “Residents can now tweet us the problems they have been facing in their areas. We will instruct officers to look into them. They can also give us suggestions for good policing and share their feedback.”
Sawant said this would also serve as a good platform to educate the masses. “If we get to know about any rumour doing the rounds in the city, we can instantly clarify it on Twitter. Similarly, many people don’t know whom to approach for a specific issue. We can also guide them through it,” he added.
However, unlike Mumbai police, the Navi Mumbai police have decided not to register first information reports (FIR) based on complaints received on Twitter. “We will not register FIRs based on Twitter complaints. For that, complainants will have follow the old method,” he added.
The police are expecting more followers in a week. “People sti l l do not know about it. However, we expect thousands of followers after a week,” said another senior police officer.
“These days, almost every resident uses a smartphone. So for them, Twitter will be the best way to convey a message to us. A dedicated team led by a senior inspector from the social media laboratory will handle the Twitter account,” he added.
The Mumbai police launched two Twitter accounts in the last week of December and it has been a huge success. They had 29,300 followers in the first 24 hours.