National Policing Lead on Digital Engagement Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said:
"Social media is part of modern life. Police forces and individual officers have conversations with the public about many issues using all forms of social media. We aim to be the voice of authority in relation to policing matters being discussed on social media.
"There are some hugely productive uses of social media that support crime reduction and detection. The speed and reach it gives us is a very powerful tool. As with all aspects of media, not all things that are discussed are representative of the wider view but it does stimulate debate and give insight."