Commissioner of Queensland Police, Ian Stewart, today became the first Australian police commissioner to enter the blogosphere with the launch of his professional blog, From the Commissioner’s Desk http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/commissioner/
Commissioner Stewart has long been at the forefront of the use of social media in policing, signing off on the Queensland Police Service’s trial of social media in May 2010.
Police Media and Public Affairs has since won a number of State, National and International awards for its use of social media during the floods and cyclones in the Summer of 2010-2011, and it is believed to be the largest digital police presence in the world, with more than 315,000 followers on Facebook and nearly 30,000 followers on Twitter.
Commissioner Stewart joined Twitter in January 2011, seeing it as a valuable way to communicate directly to the people of Queensland about his role as State Disaster Coordinator. He has been active on the microblogging site ever since and can be followed on Twitter @CoPStewart
The Commissioner used his first blog post to outline his priorities, which include stopping crime, making the community safer and building communities.
“Social Media is transforming the policing environment, providing us with new ways to engage with our community, and I see my blog as a way that the people of Queensland can let me know what their concerns are, and to provide me with feedback on how we are going as a police service, and share their ideas how things could be done better,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“Every day our officers have about 15,000 face-to-face interactions with the community, and while nothing will ever replace the value of this communication, social media is a valuable additional channel to engage and listen to our community.
“Consequently, the QPS is in the process of rolling out MyPolice blogs to help officers engage with their local communities, as well as providing.
“With more and more Queenslanders relying on the internet, and specifically social media, to stay in contact with their family and friends as well as keep up to date on what is happening in their community, it is only sensible that I, as Commissioner of Police also make use of those channels to talk to – and more importantly, listen to – people that I may not have the chance to meet face-to-face.
From the Commissioner’s Desk is the first Professional blog by a QPS officer. More are planned.
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