Could cops be able to protect citizens better by using social media networks in their line of work? Well, it certainly seems like that, if the recent trends prevailing in the UK are any indication. As we all know, just a few days ago, London, and many other nearby cities were being torn apart by forces of armed rioters. That was when victims and concerned citizens found that using social media would allow them to get in touch with police quickly when necessary, and chose to use it in order to inform law enforcement officials about any act of hooliganism they survived, or even witnessed.
The result of the decision was that social media networks, particularly Twitter channels of many police stations showed a steep rise in the numbers of followers. In London only, the Twitter channel of the Metropolitan Police Force gained followers at 674% faster rates than usual. In the nearby Debfordshire, the rate was around 540%, which is another unbelievable spike!
Does this indicate that in near future, citizens might just be able to file FIR-s from the safety of their homes? Well, it might be a little too early to predict that, but the concept is nevertheless quite promising, don’t you think?