“Watch what you tweet. The world is reading.”
Or that apparently was the essence of a meeting the Delhi Police chief had with some senior officers, who were instructed to use their official Twitter handles more judiciously.
The Delhi Police commissioner, Alok Kumar Verma, has asked his officers to avoiding posting opinions and retweeting articles not related to policing as social media posts increasingly become official statements.
They have also been asked to pay more attention to the language and grammar while posting from official handles for the department.
The matter came up after a senior official had posted a clarification on Twitter to stop rumours giving a communal angle to a murder case that occurred in the city earlier this year.
The officer was congratulated for her actions, drawing the police department’s attention to its official Twitter handles and the reach they have. At present, more than 40,000 people follow the official Delhi police handle . The official Twitter handle of the Delhi Police commissioner has close to 30,000 followers.
All the city’s deputy commissioners of police became active on Twitter after former commissioner BS Bassi instructed them to. Bassi himself is an active Twitter user, more so since his retirement, with more than 30,000 followers.
The focus on using Twitter is aimed at improving communication between the public and senior police officials who can also use it as an opportunity to endorse Delhi Police schemes.