February 15, 2011 1.46 pm This story is over 157 months old

County police boss joins Twitter

Twitterati: Lincolnshire’s Chief Constable is believed to have become the first in the country to become a tweeter.

Lincolnshire’s Chief Constable Richard Crompton is believed to be the first police boss in the country to join the Twitter social network.

Crompton opened his Twitter account (he tweets as @CC_Lincs) on February 14.

In under 24 hours, his account managed to get 166 followers (at the time of writing). Lincolnshire Police’s Twitter account (@lincspol) is followed by 757 people.

Crompton’s first tweet announced his new national role for the Association of Chief Police Officers in the way heritage crime is dealt with.

His latest tweet announced a prerecorded interview with BBC Radio Lincolnshire about use of Twitter and social media, to be broadcast during drive time on Tuesday.

Chief Constable Crompton said Twitter is just another way of connecting with the people he serves:

“It’s a great way of direct communication. It’s instant; it’s brief and will reach a wide audience which grows by the hour.”

The Force’s Web Development Officer, Graham Lord says the Crompton’s presence on Twitter expands the Force’s social media involvement and is all about expanding communication with the public.