County cop Twitter tips spead word to 

A police Twitter feed that helps officers spread crime fighting advice hit 20,000 followers this month

The @HertsPolice social media account was launched in 2011 and has proved popular with people living in the county and also some outside it.

Most of the tweets issued through the account are about county-wide issues, major news events like the recent floods or serious road crashes, and crime prevention tips.

It’s also a great way for officers to interact with the public on various issues.

Herts Police has more than 30 twitter accounts, which tweet news, events and advice specific to the areas they cover.

It also allows those who do not feel comfortable interacting with the police via traditional methods, such as telephone or face-to-face, to get in touch.

Police and crime commissioner for Herts David Lloyd said: “Social media is one of the many ways police forces can improve the way they communicate with the public and with so many people using websites like Twitter, it is essential for a modern police force to have a presence online.”

Chief Constable for Herts Andy Bliss, who recently pledged to use the modern-day communication tool more and has so far managed 26 tweets since his account was set up in May last year, said: “Social media has become a very important tool for us in the short time it has been around. It has been successfully used to track down ‘wanted’ criminals, trace missing persons, recover treasured stolen items and identify people caught on CCTV.”