Issues Surrounding Police Social Media Accounts

Chris Hobbs made this Freedom of Information request to National Police Chiefs' Council

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Dear National Police Chiefs Council,

There has been much comment on police community social media lately in respect of the closure of individual or ‘small team’ accounts or the subsuming of these accounts into those controlled by corporate force teams.

I would be grateful if you could provide the following in respect of your force/organisation (Please note all requests relate to only emails, documents etc dated from the 14th of February 2018):

a) Details of any emails which deal with the existence and/or future of individual or ‘small team’ accounts. This will include police ‘anonymous’ accounts. (If emails contain material relating to other issues, those details may, of course be redacted).

b) Minutes of any meetings held during which the issue of police social media accounts was discussed. (details of other non-relevant issues discussed at the same meeting may, of course, be redacted).

c) Policy or proposed policy documents circulated which contained reference to police social media accounts. (Non-relevant issues may of course be redacted).

d) (for individual forces only) If not included at a) details of emails sent to, or meetings held with, individual officers informing them that their accounts must be closed or ‘subsumed.’ (Details of officers/police staff concerned may be redacted).

e) If not included at a), details of emails/minutes of meetings at which this request was discussed.

Details of officers/staff/external consultants concerned in the above requests may be redacted however, I am sure you will agree that in the interests of transparency, serious consideration should be given to disclosing the details of NPCC ranked officers or their police staff equivalents.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Hobbs

National Police Chiefs' Council


A Freedom of Information request has been received by the NPCC on 14/03/2018.

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Kind regards.


Sherry Traquair
NPCC Freedom of Information Officer & Decision Maker

National Police Freedom of Information & Data Protection Unit (NPFDU)
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With kindest regards.



Sherry Traquair

NPCC Freedom of Information Officer & Decision Maker


National Police Freedom of Information & Data Protection Unit (NPFDU)

PO Box 481, Fareham, PO14 9FS




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