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ESSEX Police has launched a campaign this week (Monday, May 11) to encourage people to follow the force on social media.

People will be able to find out what’s happening where they live, share appeals to help find missing people and help solve crime.

More than 160,000 people already follow Essex Police on social media, the Follow Like Share Help campaign will encourage other residents to do the same.

Every day the Force uses Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and You Tube channels to tell people all about the work our officers are doing in the community to solve and reduce crime. We also ask for people to be the eyes and ears of Essex and keep a look out for vulnerable missing people, pass on information about crimes they may have witnessed, help officers identify suspected criminals caught on camera and tell police about the whereabouts of wanted people.

Throughout this week officers and staff will be in town centres throughout the county between 10am and 4pm to talk to shoppers about the campaign and staying safe online.

They’ll be at:

Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon on May 11

Royals Shopping Centre, Southend on May 12

The Harvey Centre, Harlow on May 13

Intu Lakeside, Thurrock on May 14

Freeport Braintree on May 15

The Meadows Shopping Centre,Chelmsford on May 16

The Essex Police YouTube channel has hundreds of videos which have been viewed over three million times since it was launched in 2010. The videos range from crime prevention tips to direct appeals to help solve crimes.

Since the force launched its Twitter channel @essexpoliceuk in 2010 we’ve tweeted more than 10,000 times. Now, five years on, more than 70 of our officers and staff from Neighbourhood Policing Teams, specialist units across the county and the Chief Constable are communicating directly with the public on their own channels.

We launched our Facebook page two years later and now regularly reach in excess of one million people and directly engage with more than 100,000 people every week.

Instagram launched this year showing life behind the scenes and giving a unique insight into day-to-day policing in Essex.

Over the last five years, our social media channels have helped solve crime and find missing people.

For instance, our Facebook followers helped find a vulnerable elderly man who had gone missing from his home in the Tendring area. A trio of local residents who had seen our appeal felt they had to help officers and began searching. They found the man, confused and cold, having fallen into a ditch. He was taken to hospital and later reunited with his family.

CCTV footage of a man wanted in connection with a dog attack was published on our You Tube channel and shared to our social media channels. A member of the public recognised the man and as a result he was arrested, charged and jailed.

A man suspected of assault was also identified and arrested as a result of one of our social media followers identifying them from CCTV footage. The man was later charged with GBH and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: "Social media really works. It’s all about two-way communication. It’s a great medium which gives us the opportunity to talk about the fantastic work my staff and officers do on the behalf of the people of Essex day in day out but it’s also about engaging with our communities and ensuring we listen to what they have to tell us.”

To support the Follow Like Share Help campaign you can:

Like us on Facebook at

Follow us on Twitter at

Follow us on Instagram at

Watch our videos on You Tube at

You can find details about all of our social media channels on our website www.essex.police/socialmedia

You can follow our campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #FollowLikeShare


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