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6 July 2011, 06:00
Potters Bar residents and students at the University of Hertfordshire can now find out the latest news from their local officers directly as it happens as the teams have signed up to the social networking site, Twitter.
Officers from the Potters Bar Safer Neighbourhood Team will be tweeting under @PottersPolice whilst the University of Hertfordshire Officers are tweeting under @hertsunipolice on www.twitter.com They will be keeping people informed about what they have been up to while out on the streets of Potters Bar and Hatfield.
University Officer PCSO Alex Smedley has been telling Heart:
"I would encourage as many people as possible to start following us on Twitter to see what we're doing to make the University an even safer place to live and work."
PC Jo Windsor from Potters Bar added:
"Twitter is a great way for us and members of the public to communicate and we're sure people will enjoy hearing the news from the front line."
The messages, which can only be 140 characters long, will be sent around once a day and will include information about daily patrols, arrests and operations.
Twitter account is not for reporting crime and any information on incidents should still go through to the usual numbers detailed below.
Residents can also find out about the other work that is being done in their neighbourhoods to make it a safer and better place to live by logging onto http://www.herts.police.uk/ and clicking on the Safer Neighbourhoods logo and typing in their postcode. People can see who their local officers are, what is being done to address their locally agreed neighbourhood priorities and find out about events where they can meet the team.
Join the Herts Police page on Facebook by searching for 'Herts Police' for updates from around the county, including the police helicopter.