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PCSO’s Twitter tactics in bid to solve crimes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 08, 2014

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SOLVING crimes has taken on a new guise in South Derbyshire – with a PCSO using social networking tools to help put an end to policing problems in the area.

PCSO Kate Bottomley, who is a member of the Gresley safer neighbourhood team for Derbyshire Police, was called into action following reports of issues involving drivers speeding in Brunel Way, Church Gresley, by Twitter user Dale Bishop.

He complained that the area was like a ‘race track’ and urged the force to look at ways of trying to put an end to the problem.

PCSO Bottomley was quick on the case and instigated letters being sent to addresses across the area to try to drum up support for a Speed Watch campaign.

She said: “We do what we can, when we can in relation to this.

“Community Speed Watch letters have been sent out and we are hoping for a positive response

“In good news, there have been no injury road traffic accidents in Brunel Way in the last three years.

“Let’s see the results of Speed Watch and go from there.”

PCSO Bottomley has also being advising moped riders regarding their 
manner of driving at Gresley Old Hall and urged people looking to undertake the practice that she, and other members of the force, are monitoring the situation.

People who would like to keep updated with progress on the problem are urged to follow PCSO Bottomley on Twitter @GresleySNT

A spokesman for the force told the Mail: “These Twitter accounts provide officers with an excellent opportunity to share information directly with local residents.

“They allow teams to quickly communicate with their followers.

“We hope residents take up the opportunity to follow the officers who patrol their area daily.”

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