Twitter Alerts now available to Staffordshire Police

Officers are now able to flag critical information to their Twitter followers by marking an important tweet as an alert.

The force is one of 50 organisations in the UK to be given access to the scheme as it's launched today. 

Twitter users who sign up for an account's Twitter alerts will receive a notification directly to their phone via SMS.

Users of Twitter for iPhone or Twitter for Android will also receive a push notification direct to their mobile, marked visually with an orange bell.

As well as the UK's 47 police forces, others signed up include the Environment Agency, the Foreign Office and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

Staffordshire Police already use social media to communicate with people in the county, with almost 23,000 followers on Twitter. 

The new service, hailed as "a potenitally life-saving development in social media" by officials, is an extention to that and the the force has saw 60 people sign up in the first few hours of its launch. 

They hope it will help keep the people in Staffordshire safe and reassured.

Click below to hear Signal News' Sarah Robertson talk to Staffordshire Police's Communications Manager, David Bailey....

Find out more and sign up to Staffordshire Police's Twitter Alerts HERE or follow them on Twitter @StaffsPolice 



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