Police in Thurrock launch Twitter op to tackle community concerns

Thurrock Gazette: West Thurrock Inspector and prolific tweeter Leigh Norris West Thurrock Inspector and prolific tweeter Leigh Norris

A POLICE Inspector wants more people to turn to Twitter to help his force crack crime.

West Thurrock Insp Leigh Norris has came up with Operation Coniston and is encouraging residents to report speeding and persistent anti-social behaviour.

It is thought to be the first ever police operation to run via Twitter, with users just having to use the hash tag “OpConiston” to report concerns.

Insp Norris said: “It’s just a trial at the moment.

“But it’s a bit different. It’s certainly not for emergencies, but for ongoing issues or anything road traffic related.”

Since starting his role in West Thurrock almost two years ago, prolific tweeter Insp Norris has introduced Twitter as a way of interacting with residents - and his staff across the borough.

It is hoped the new operation will mean residents can make concerns known to police quickly and conveniently.

He said: “People can tweet us with their concerns, whether it be speeding, HGV traffic and i’ll look at those complaints and delegate them out to officers to deal with.”

Police recently dealt with concerns over lorries using Ship Lane, which is when Insp Norris decided to give the operation a name and encourage more residents to get involved.

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9:28am Thu 30 Jan 14

MumInOckendon says...

I have to say I'm on the fence with this one. Although I'm a fan of twitter myself I'm not sure whether this will be an effective tool to report crime.
There are a lot of twitter users who use the site under an alias and may possibly abuse the system.
Officers could well be sent out on bogus jobs more frequently than they already are. Also you have the I'm not happy with life type of folk who don't like to see others having fun ( I'm referring to asb ) kids aren't allowed to be kids anymore. I'm not talking about those that are conducting themselves in a manner which will be likely to cause real alarm/distress/haras
sment, I'm referring to those who are just out having fun and getting in nobodies way and all often a sudden the police arrive and no one knows understands why! All because some miserable person has nothing better to do than peek out of their window hoping to see something or trawls the streets looking for a cause to ring the police.

I'm a little worried Essex Police will act on hearsay rather than evidence. Sometimes a balanced view is needed rather than considering it just another arrest.

On the flip side if this works out through its trial then all good, but for me the jury's out!
I have to say I'm on the fence with this one. Although I'm a fan of twitter myself I'm not sure whether this will be an effective tool to report crime. There are a lot of twitter users who use the site under an alias and may possibly abuse the system. Officers could well be sent out on bogus jobs more frequently than they already are. Also you have the I'm not happy with life type of folk who don't like to see others having fun ( I'm referring to asb ) kids aren't allowed to be kids anymore. I'm not talking about those that are conducting themselves in a manner which will be likely to cause real alarm/distress/haras sment, I'm referring to those who are just out having fun and getting in nobodies way and all often a sudden the police arrive and no one knows understands why! All because some miserable person has nothing better to do than peek out of their window hoping to see something or trawls the streets looking for a cause to ring the police. I'm a little worried Essex Police will act on hearsay rather than evidence. Sometimes a balanced view is needed rather than considering it just another arrest. On the flip side if this works out through its trial then all good, but for me the jury's out! MumInOckendon
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