@hydcitypolice widens online presence

One can straightaway go to the Twitter search box, and start typing @SHO, and pick up from the results whichever police station has to be contacted.

By Author   |   Published: 19th Jan 2017   11:28 pm Updated: 21st Jan 2017   1:08 pm

Hyderabad: Ever thought about taking to Twitter or Facebook to directly contact your nearest police station in Hyderabad?

The Hyderabad City Police now is all over Twitter and Facebook, literally, with every Station House Officer, including from the Law & Order wing to the Traffic wing, having Twitter handles and Facebook pages. The SHE teams too are there. And that means around 149 such accounts.

It is not difficult to find them. One can straightaway go to the ‘Search Twitter’ box on the top right on Twitter, and start typing @SHO, and pick up from the results whichever police station has to be contacted.

On Facebook, the search could begin with PS, followed by the name of the police station, for example, PS Jubilee Hills.

And if that sounds a little too much, one can tweet directly to the main handle, which is @hydcitypolice, which is quite active with a fast response as well. The account, which has over 20,000 followers now, is fast turning out to be an effective tool for constant communication between the public and the police, officials say.

The presence of the police on Twitter, in fact, begins right from the top, with Director-General of Police Anurag Sharma (@TelanganaDGP) leading the pack. Hyderabad City Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy can be contacted on @CPHydCity while the Cyberabad and Rachakonda commissionerates too have their own Twitter handles.

The most active handle, meanwhile, is that of the City Traffic Police (@hydtp). With around 3,300 followers, the handle is a live traffic updating platform, providing timely inputs for commuters in the city, informing them about traffic snarls, where traffic is moving slow, suggesting alternative routes and so on.

“Many commuters have appreciated the live traffic updates on Twitter,” says Inspector Harish Rao, Traffic.

IT Cell Inspector K Srinath Reddy said the response from the public was good, though it could be better. However, the feedback on the Facebook page, (@hyderabadpolice) is ‘overwhelming’, he says, adding that the page has over one lakh likes/followers.

“Each police station has a technical team called e-Cops. The team updates the activities of the station on Facebook and Twitter,” Reddy said.