City cop’s Twit­ter ac­count gets only 238 fol­low­ers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: It’s been 11 days since Navi Mum­bai po­lice launched their twit­ter ac­count. How­ever, they have not been able to get more than 238 fol­low­ers till now.

In an ef­fort to en­sure bet­ter polic­ing in the city, the po­lice launched their twit­ter ac­count@N_Mum­baiPo­lice on Re­pub­lic Day. But the num­ber shows the poor re­sponse they are get­ting from the res­i­dents.

The Mum­bai po­lice on the other hand launched two twit­ter ac­counts in the last week of De­cem­ber and it has been a huge suc­cess for them. They had 29,300 fol­low­ers in the first 24 hours.

“We think many peo­ple of the satel­lite city are still not aware of the Twit­ter ac­count. Like­wise, res­i­dents of Navi Mum­bai is also not as much as that of Mum­bai. So when it comes to fol­low­ers on Twit­ter, our num­ber is bound to be less than that of Mum­bai po­lice,” said one se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer.

Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime) said, “Res­i­dents can tweet us the prob­lems they have been fac­ing in their ar­eas. We will in­struct the of­fi­cials to look into those mat­ters. Like­wise, they can also give us sug­ges­tions for good polic­ing and share their ex­pec­ta­tions from us through it.”

Ac­cord­ing Sawant, this will also serve as a good plat­form to ed­u­cate the masses. “If we get to know about any ru­mour do­ing to 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.

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