Social media trial to combat crime

TWEED Byron police command is trialling a new online community policing concept using Facebook to combat crime.

The NSW Police Force yesterday announced the trial of Project Eyewatch, created to allow local area commands and their communities to exchange information using police co-ordinated homepages on social media network Facebook.

Crime co-ordinator Sergeant Stuart Crawford said the project was all about timeliness.

“It’s all about getting timely information to the public,” Sgt Crawford said. “It will enable us to communicate with the community quickly and easily.”

Sgt Crawford said Tweed-Byron officers and members of the Banora Point Neighbourhood Watch had attended a training day in Sydney to learn how to best utilise the new communication tool.

“We will continue to work closely with Neighbourhood Watch and will post results of particular operations and significant arrests,” he said.

Tweed Byron police have stressed the Facebook page is not an avenue for reporting crime or complaining about police but about open, free communication between police and the community.

Visit the Tweed Byron Local Area Command facebook page to keep up to date with police activity in your community.



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