Facebook Milestone

West Yorkshire Police Celebrate Facebook Milestone

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

West Yorkshire Police Web Team are celebrating today after reaching the 5000 Fans milestone on Social Networking site Facebook.

West Yorkshire Police were one of the very first UK Police forces to embrace Facebook as a tool for interacting with the general public and from very early on could see that embracing Social Networking tools was a useful way of keeping in touch with local residents.

The Facebook pages have grown over the years from providing short regular updates, to now offering news, appeals, press releases, Caught on Camera wanted images and more recently a 'tab' taking users direct to the new Online Crime Reporting tool. The Facebook page is soon to feature a brand new online photo gallery showing West Yorkshire Police vehicles through the years.

The Force has a main Forcewide Facebook page which now has over 5000 fans, but is also rolling out more localised Facebook pages for it's Neighbourhood Policing Teams. Please keep an eye out for these in the future - links to these will feature on the NPT website

David Bell, Web Communications Co-ordinator said "Social Networking sites are fantastic tools for us to reach audiences that might not normally visit our website. It makes sense to have our information fed direct onto Facebook and onto our fan's own Facebook 'Walls' - so we provide our information direct to our fan's own online spaces - rather than relying on them coming to our website.

"Facebook is also increasingly being used as a way of receiving public feedback and concerns - the feedback system allows members of the public to comment on our updates and have direct interaction with the force. Any feedback is circulated back to the police teams involved in the story to help them make improvements.

"As technology advances we're also aware that Facebook and other Social Media tools are becoming more and more popular on mobile devices, and we find Facebook on Smartphones an ideal way to communicate with people while they're on the move".

To see the West Yorkshire Police page on Facebook and become a Fan please go to http://www.facebook.com/westyorkshirepolice - You can also Follow West Yorkshire Police on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/WestYorksPolice

West Yorkshire Police Website

Wakefield North West Neighbourhood Policing Team
Tel no: 01924 294 671  karen.vezina@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

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