Police explain Twitter closures

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Northamptonshire Police has released a statement in response to the closure of force Twitter accounts.

A police spokesman said: “Northamptonshire Police’s Facebook and Twitter pages are very popular with communities across the county. We aim to provide a real sense of policing in Northamptonshire and to share local policing activities with local people.

“We expect the highest standards from our officers and staff at all times and this is reflected in procedures regarding the use of social media across the Force. This may be with regard to data protection, appropriateness of message and for investigative or legal reasons. We monitor the use of social media and at times it is necessary to ask for messages to be removed, adapted or indeed for an account to be closed.

“The Force has in the region of 40 officers and staff tweeting and remains committed to engaging with communities in many ways including Facebook and Twitter.”