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Australian City Police Connect with Citizens Online
Source: futuregov.asia/articles/2013/mar/11/australian-city-police-connect-citizens-online/
Source Date: Monday, March 11, 2013
Country: Australia
Created: Mar 11, 2013

The City of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, launched myPolice Bundaberg, an online blog developed and maintained by police officers.  The blog, launched by Jack Dempsey, Minister for Police and Community Safety of Queensland, aims to give the police a new channel of connecting with citizens, and to enhance interaction between the police and the public.

The police department will regularly post information such as crime prevention tips on the blog. “Through the blog, police officers are able to share information about personal safety, keeping property securing and also show comfit images or stills from CCTV to a wider audience”, said Dempsey.

Bundaberg Police District officer Superintendent Rowan Bond said the launch of the blog was an opportunity for police to engage with the community at a local and digital level. “myPolice Bundaberg will give local police a stronger online presence, allowing them to strengthen their bonds with the community and engage with them on a new level”, he stated.

Bond also mentioned that the blog could be used to give residents timely information about situations such as evacuation notices, road closures or weather conditions in Bundaberg. Residents can submit their email addresses to receive notifications when the blog is updated and even access information about police recruitment in Queensland.

Several posts have already been uploaded on the blog. Some posts include pictures of suspects and appeal to the public to contact the police if they have any fresh information about them.
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