The department of police, roads and transport in the Free State has officially launched a Facebook account to improve its interaction with members of the public.
The page was unveiled last Thursday by police, roads and transport MEC Butana Komphela.
“We are not the number one fighting province by mistake – it is because we work hard and this innovation of launching a Facebook page is just but one way of showing it,” said Komphela.
He said the social page would be used by members of the public as a platform to pass compliments, to report crime and poor service delivery by the police.
The MEC said whistle-blowers wishing to inform the police about sensitive crime that may put their lives in danger can create fake Facebook accounts to report crime without running the risk of being targeted by criminals.
“It is basically a platform that we created for the public to be able to talk to the police directly,” he said.
“The names and contacts of all police cluster and station commanders shall be on this page to make it easy for members of the public to elevate their grievances to higher office if they feel let down in any way.”
Komphela added that the Facebook page did not in any way replace the existing forms of crime reporting including SMS messages and the police hotline 086 001 0111.
Interns and staff in police stations across the province will be used to monitor the Facebook page and to report matters to respective authorities for further action.
Speaking in the presence of senior police management in the province, Komphela said based on the success of the Facebook page, the department may consider launching other accounts with social media sites such as Twitter to expand access to their services.
Also present during the launch of the Facebook page were member of the Free State provincial legislature Neels Van Rooyen and provincial police commissioner Simon Mpembe.