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Staffordshire police win Facebook praise

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

Staffordshire police win Facebook praise

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Staffordshire Police are celebrating after the force’s Facebook page won praise in Parliament.

The page was highlighted as a great example of social media engagement at a House of Lords select committee hearing by one of Facebook's most senior managers.

Simon Milner, policy director UK, Middle East and Africa for Facebook, cited the way Staffordshire Police engaged with Facebook fans when giving evidence at a Lords Select Committee on communications, which was looking into social media offences.

Answering questions about how social media platforms could educate users about using social media lawfully and responsibly, Mr Milner said: "Some of the best examples we see of this type of communication is actually by police.

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“The Staffordshire Police have got a very active social media manager and their page is tremendously informative about what's going on in Staffordshire, whether its about traffic things, about missing people, about criminals on the run, whatever the issue is.

“But they also can and do use that page to communicate with their many hundreds of thousand of fans about issues like this.”

A police spoeswoman said: “Thanks for the compliment Simon. Our page is a success because of the way our amazing fans get engaged with our content.

“Last month our Facebook reach was 1.4 million and the team read over 2,300 fans comments to Staffordshire Police.”

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