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Use Twitter judiciously, but mind your language: Delhi cops get diktat

Delhi police officers get diktat on Twitter etiquette; asked to avoid re-tweeting articles unrelated to policing

New Delhi: Some senior Delhi Police officers have been instructed to use their official Twitter handles more judiciously, avoiding posting opinions and retweeting articles not related to policing. They have also been asked to pay more attention to grammar.

The matter was discussed at a recent meeting and the city police chief, Alok Kumar Verma, who instructed the officers in this regard, also made a point about grammar and correctness of sentences for posts on official Twitter handles, asking the officers to be more attentive to that, a senior police official said.

The matter was first discussed after a senior official posted a clarification on Twitter to stop rumours giving a communal angle to a murder case in the city earlier this year. Though the officer was lauded by her seniors for doing so, the subject of tweets by senior police officers through their official handles was taken up by the top brass.

The subject is believed to have come up again earlier this month and the top cop gave clear instructions. All DCPs of Delhi Police had become active on Twitter following instructions of former Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, who himself is quite active on the micro-blogging site even after retirement.

The objective was to enhance communication between public and senior police officials.

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