Guwahati, April 11, 2019
The power of social media is immense. Social media today has come to mean many things to different people. The police officials have also come to realise the power and reach of the social media. They now engage the citizens online more than ever before.
In one such incident, Assam Police on April 11th, 2019 tracked down a stolen car after its owner reached out to the state police on the popular micro-blogging site Twitter.
Two people had hired a car from Shillong. The persons assaulted the driver and fled with the car near Baihata. The owner of the car, Sumit Bajoria approached the Assam Police via Twitter. Assam Police sprang into action and it’s social media team coordinated with the Officer-in-charge of the Baihata Police Station. The Kamrup Police chased and recovered the car in a “Hollywood-style chase, in 57 minutes”. The two persons were also taken into custody.
2 people hire a car from Shillong.
As they approach Baihata, they assault the driver and steal the car.
The owner approaches us on Twitter.
— Assam Police (@assampolice) April 11, 2019
“The story about how an efficient police force which works as a well oiled machine can not only prevent crime but do so in record time. 57 minutes from 1st info to recovery. I cannot thank @assampolice enough. Also, a perfect example how GPS can save your investment,” tweeted Bajoria.
For all those who think it is a waste to install a GPS device, in a car or bike, needs to take a look at this thread. A working GPS device which can be tracked in realtime, in the hands of a professional law enforcement agency like @assampolice can help you recover in record time https://t.co/AJt2wXGxm5
— Sumit Bajoria (@SumitBajoria) April 11, 2019
Of late, the Assam Police has aced their social media game. Using wit and humour, Assam Police is trying to drive home the messages about some very serious issues prevalent today, such as cyber safety, safety for women, fake news, saying no to drugs, obeying traffic rule and much more.
Post the infamous 2018 mob lynching incident in Dokmoka, Karbi Anglong, Assam Police had launched the ‘The Think Campaign’ on social media and revamped their sleepy Facebook page and Twitter handle. The campaign in English and Assamese has increased interaction with the public and also got endorsements from Bollywood celebrities like Shahrukh Khan, Ajay Devgn and Kajol.
This strengthens once again our commitment to be with the people at the time of need. https://t.co/7f7OdDiUZp
— Kula Saikia, IPS (@saikia_kula) April 11, 2019