Riddings residents can now keep up to date with police work via Twitter

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Riddings residents will be able to keep up-to-date with their local Safer Neighbourhood policing team now that one of its PCSOs has joined Twitter.

PCSO Meikel Miller (@RiddingsSNT), of the Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, has volunteered to tweet from the streets, sending out safety messages and keeping people informed about her work.

She is one of 17 neighbourhood officers from across the county who hold individual accounts to help them engage with their local communities.

Also on Twitter in the Amber Valley area is PCSO Vicky Hill (@SNormPinxtonSNT), of the South Normanton and Pinxton Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Both officers have been using the site to share details of daily patrols, operations they take part in and offer crime prevention advice. They will also make appeals for information about local crime.

PCSO Miller said: “I think it’s important that we use a variety of different ways to communicate with our local residents, and Twitter allows us to send immediate alerts to our followers directly from the streets.

“Twitter is becoming quite popular, and that’s one of the reasons I was keen to get on board. I’ve sent out a few tweets so far, telling people about my patrols and local surgeries and I’m also able to respond to some of the queries which have come through about my patch.”

Derbyshire Constabulary launched its own Twitter profile in 2009 and uses it to share news, appeals and information with the public. To date, the force has more than 15,900 followers.

You can follow PCSO Meikel Miller or PCSO Vicky Hill by visiting the Twitter site and searching the following usernames:

@RiddingsSNT

@SNormPinxtonSNT

You can also follow all of the neighbourhood officers on Twitter by subscribing to the Safer Neighbourhood Teams list on Twitter, or follow @DerbysPolice to receive tweets from across the county.