VIDEO: Anger over removal of daily crime updates from Sheffield police team’s Facebook page  

A decision to remove daily news bulletins from a police website has been criticised by residents.

The Sheffield South East Neighbourhood Policing Team – which covers areas including Manor, Arbourthorne and Darnall – has for several months been providing daily updates on their Facebook page on the most common offences over the previous 24 hours along with crime prevention advice.

Chief Supt Stuart Barton, district commander for Sheffield.

Chief Supt Stuart Barton, district commander for Sheffield.

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The move was part of a force-wide shift towards using digital technology more to connect with communities.

But the team has announced that the daily crime updates will now end so officers can spend more time out in communities.

The move has been criticised by residents in the area who vented their frustration in posts on the team's Facebook page.

Shane Cutts  fears this is “slipping back to a reactive approach rather than a proactive one.”

Julie Watt described it as a “retrograde step” and added: “the daily data worked in a preventative way.

“If I can see there has been a few thefts from cars locally or house burglaries it acts as a reminder to not leave anything on display and to ensure windows and doors are locked.”

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In a post of the team's Facebook page, officers said: “As part of a recent review into our working practices it was identified that this work was duplicating the crime data that is published elsewhere.

“We would prefer to increase the amount of time officers spend out, working in the community, rather than compiling and publishing the crime figures.”

The post added that while “some followers will be disappointed by this development“ the Facebook page will now be focusing more on “updating you on what we are doing and why.”

The team said there would be no more daily crime updates after August 27 and advised residents can still see crime updates via

www.southyorks.police.uk and the Police.uk website.

The team added the new system will also be subject to review.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Barton said crime trend updates are also available through SYP Alerts which are sent out to residents’ mobile phones. 

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He added: “We are also conscious that we don’t want to bombard the public with daily statistics, which can sometimes become a bit overwhelming.

“Our intention is to keep our social media posts understandable and manageable, so that we can focus our efforts on neighbourhood policing and engaging with our communities.

“We will still post when the need arises."