A MyPolice Bundaberg Facebook page has recently been launched, providing information on current events, investigations and positive news stories to the community.
Senior Constable Brittany Duncan said the page covered news from the entire patrol group, ranging from Bundaberg, Bargara, South Kolan, Gin Gin, Childers, Eidsvold, Mount Perry and Monto.
“The page was launched in early February this year and the community support so far has been fantastic,” Snr Const Duncan said.
“Everyone is engaging positively with the stories and photos posted.”
Snr Const Duncan said the purpose of the page was not only to communicate with the wider community on a range of events and news, it was also a tool used to seek assistance for police investigations
“Following our page brings a diverse amount of information whether you are interested in particular crimes happening in the area, road safety messages, current road closures and of course updates on our station budgie Sarge, who famously tells everyone he is a ‘police budgie',” she said.
“We can be serious at times however we also want to bring the good news stories such as the community programs we are involved in and when our next Coffee with a Cop is scheduled so anyone can pop down and have a chat.”
The MyPolice Bundaberg Facebook page was also another way for officers to connect with the community and help out wherever possible, Snr Const Duncan said.
“You ask any police officer why they do what they do and I can guarantee one of their responses will be ‘to help people',” she said.
“It makes our day to see a child at the local shopping centre give us a wave or smile.
“With social media being the new norm in today’s society, our Facebook page is another tool we can use to allow the community to become more familiar with all our officers and with any luck feel comfortable seeking advice or reaching out for help when required.”
Snr Const Duncan said she hoped the page would help to build positive relationships with residents by showing the community their “softer side”.
“Unfortunately, some people associate police in a negative light however we are also very community minded and enjoy getting out, meeting new people and helping wherever we can,” she said.
To view the new MyPolice Bundaberg Facebook page click here.