Police forces across Australia are taking to Twitter to encourage good behaviour and spread news through memes.
Law enforcement agencies from New South Wales to Victoria are attempting to speak the language of Millennials by crafting clever Tweets to deter criminal conduct, share news, search for clues and inform citizens of their services in a light-hearted manner. The tone ranges from absurd to cynical.
— NSW Police (@nswpolice) April 29, 2017
— SA Police News (@SAPoliceNews) April 14, 2017
— NSW Police (@nswpolice) April 24, 2017
— NSW Police (@nswpolice) April 21, 2017
Where on (Middle) earth is the owner of this gold ring, engraving ‘V&J 02.11.2014’. Enquiries to Melbourne East Police Station – 9637 1100. pic.twitter.com/dcm8Um42nZ
— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) May 3, 2017
Aussie police are also resorting to gifs to accompany releases about criminal behaviour.
— SA Police News (@SAPoliceNews) March 31, 2017
Sober you telling drunk you don’t drink and drive. Always listen to sober self. pic.twitter.com/Y9Jq7REQYt
— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) May 1, 2017
At times, the message conveyed is simply for the purpose of being super cute.
“I’d like to hand myself in but for the record, the bird had it coming.” pic.twitter.com/w0ih6XiCEQ
— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) May 2, 2017
Sergeant: Did you get everything we need?
Me: I think so… pic.twitter.com/5ZnZBsFDKY
— NSW Police (@nswpolice) May 3, 2017
Judging by the amount of Likes and Retweets, the silly Tweets with good intentions get, it seems Australian police are getting their messages across loud and clear.