Chichester Police launch social media drive

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TODAY is the day Chichester Police tackles crime using the power of social networking.

Operation Request, the initiative co-created by Sergeant Alan Fenn and PCSO Lisa Shadbolt, will see officers responding to requests for a police presence in their area submitted via Facebook.

Officers are asking the public to let them know where there are problems today (June 27) and will be make specific patrols in those areas.

Teams of officers will be out across the entire district including Selsey, Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth and some of the more rural parts of the district.

Sergeant Alan Fenn said: “We have a huge following on Facebook, more than 4,000 friends, and we are asking them to engage with us and tell us where they are experiencing problems.

“It can be anything from anti social behaviour such as street drinking, problem youths, and mini motos to rural crime and thefts. We are also keen to target areas where we may not have been previously been made aware of any issues affecting the local community.”

“We are asking people to tell us where they are experiencing ongoing problems, and then follow what we are doing across Chichester district during Thursday evening as we try to deal with the issues raised.”

Residents are asked to make contact via the Chi Police Facebook site at www.facebook.com/chipolice with any locations they wish to be included in the operation. Residents can also email chichester.npt@sussex.pnn.police.uk or send a private message on Facebook which will be dealt with confidentially.

Sgt Fenn added: “This is not just one night of action, all of the information gathered during the operation, known as Operation Request, will continue to be used by the local policing teams on their usual patrols to monitor areas in which our community tell us there is a problem.”