Police win praise for using humour to report crimes on social media

You'd be mistaken for thinking that it's a parody account. But this police Twitter account is drawing attention and winning plaudits for the unorthodox way of reporting crimes on its patch.

Monday, 24th September 2018, 10:57 pm
Updated Monday, 24th September 2018, 11:06 pm

Officers in Police Scotland’s Levenmouth division have been engaging with the local community through humour on the @LevenmouthPol Twitter handle (which has a verified blue tick), using Scots brogue, ironic hashtags and gifs to report arrests and criminal activity.

In one tweet, the police division tweeted: “Lassie huckled for driving whilst drunk in Leven! #FridaySesh #SaturdayCells #LeaveThoseKeysAtHome #JustDinnae #OpParamount”

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In another, police tweeted: “Loddy fae Kennoway huckled for theft of 2 cars, theft of a motorbike, theft by housebreaking, theft of fuel & alcohol, 2 x vandalism and assault with an offensive weapon. #AllRounder #JackOfAllTrades #MasterOfNone #RollUp #Weekender #OpPath #OpPrinciple #OpPrevail”

Twitter user Jasmine Meikle (@Jay_Bird27) tweeted: “I absolutely love these tweets!!”

Twitt Leaks (@LeaksTwitt) wrote: “You guys rock. End of.”

Mary Anne Wood (@maryanne_wood) posted: “Whoever does your social media is a genius!”