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Met Police using social media to fight crime with 750,000 followers –

– Figures show officers and borough units have set up over 350 accounts

The Metropolitan Police Service is using more than 350 social media accounts to help fight crime across London, numbers revealed by Kemi Badenoch show.

Accounts set up by individual PCSOs, officers and local borough units have attracted more than 750,000 followers and are used to interact with communities and quickly spread information to the public.

The Mayor of London says the Met intends to grow its number of social media accounts over the coming months, as well as extending social media activity beyond neighbourhood policing.

Conservative London Assembly member Kemi Badenoch, spokesperson on Police and Crime, said:

“It is great to see the Met using social media to engage with London’s communities. Social media is a fantastic way for the police to build good relationships locally, as well as being an efficient tool for people to report crime and keep up-to-date with news and alerts from the neighbourhood teams in their area. I’m delighted to see the Met encouraging this forward-thinking approach to community engagement and I look forward to seeing more of it in the future.”

The latest social media figures were revealed in a written response from the Mayor of London to a question posed by Kemi Badenoch.