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In Summer 2011 they had a triumph of an 'interactive day' (link pending). I didnt see everything that day, but from what i did see i this consisted of 3 or 4 'channels' of video which included interviews and spotlights on different departments. This was backed up with some excellent twitter discussion that i enjoyed a lot.
Their 'day to day' twitter accounts are both informative, and allow individual personalities to shine through. I have met at least one person who i can see becoming a good friend of mine, and i look forward to some possible collaborations.
What has prompted me to write this brief article, is my discovery that they publish virtually all of their policies online. This is a huge step for transparency in the police service. It demonstrates a move from 'secret unless published' to 'published unless secret', if i may coin a phrase. Those who work for the police will know how much work would have been behind such a move, and they most certainly deserve our admiration for their many 'new media' successes.
My own force has achieved a lot in this area as well. I have had amazing support from my new media team in terms of this blog...they have showed a great foresight, trust and patience with me and DJ. There are many other examples across the country, and i wish i could mention them all.
The future of the police service is in collaboration, and i cant see any better area within which to take the plunge than in new media. So...New Media Teams; share share share.