Top cop to Tweet on incidents

A TOP cop has taken to Twitter to give followers an online insight into the work of police.

Chief Superintendent Dave Orford, of Durham Constabulary, is on the rota of on-call senior officers who can be contacted at any time to make decisions on how to deal with serious incidents.

The force’s head of tasking and co-ordinating is using micro-blogging website Twitter during this week to pen “tweets” detailing actions as they are taken, in addition to his regular updates on his day-to-day role.

Chief Supt Orford, who tweets under the profile @ChSuptD_Orford, said: “We will get calls for major or critical incidents, so we might get a call about a legal requirement so we can detain somebody beyond 24 hours, which is usually only when something quite serious has happened.

“We might get a call about a high risk missing from home, so it could be I’m called to a police station at 3am, or to authorise a line of investigation.

“We can also authorise the initial deployment of our firearms officers if we get a report of someone with a gun.

“It could be nothing happens or it could be one of those weeks after which I never see my family.”

The effort is part of the force’s increased use of Twitter to inform and interact with residents.

Beat teams, including Peterlee, are among those sending messages about their work, events and appeals.