Police commissioner: World Cup tweets linking Colombia and Nigeria to cocaine and 'scam artists' were 'unwise'

Watford Observer: Police commissioner: World Cup tweets linking Colombia and Nigeria to cocaine and 'scam artists' were 'unwise' Police commissioner: World Cup tweets linking Colombia and Nigeria to cocaine and 'scam artists' were 'unwise'

Hertfordshire’s police commissioner has described the force's Twitter campaign, which linked World Cup nations with stereotypical crimes, as "unwise".

David Lloyd said he welcomed Hertfordshire Constabulary’s attempts to raise crime prevention issues but felt tweets using Colombia and Nigeria to highlight drugs and "scam artists" were "misjudged".

The Conservative added the gaffes, which drew criticism from Twitter users, would cause him to reflect on the force’s public image.

Mr Lloyd's comments come after the police deleted Tweets posted throughout the World Cup that used countries in forthcoming matches to raise awareness of different crimes.

Yesterday the force issued an apology for the Tweets and said they had not meant to cause offence.

Mr Lloyd said: "I think they took down the Twitter posts when they felt people had been offended by what was written. Clearly they wanted to try and link into the World Cup some element of crime prevention in one way or another.

"I think they misjudged some of the reaction there might have been. That said there are clearly some issues which come out of various countries. I think it was unwise to have a campaign that clearly highlighted a nation with one specific crime type. I think others they did were more light-hearted."

Watford Observer:

Another tweet linking Boznia and Herzegovina to rural crime

The police commissioner added: "I always reflect on the way the constabulary is viewed and clearly this is something I will reflect on."

Ahead of a Colombia match the force tweeted a graphic saying: "Despite improvements in security, crime rates remain high in Colombia. Illegal armed groups and other criminal groups are heavily involved in the drugs trade.

"Columbia remains the world’s largest cocaine producer."

The messaged added that "Hertfordshire Constabulary strives to make the county a safer place to live and drugs free."

In the Nigeria graphic the force’s Twitter follower were told: "British nationals are increasing being targeted by scam artists operating in West Africa.

"The scams come in many forms (romance, friendship, business ventures, work, and employment opportunities) and can pose great financial risk to the victims."

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1:19pm Tue 1 Jul 14

family terrace rule says...

Should have used Cameroon rather than Nigeria.
Should have used Cameroon rather than Nigeria. family terrace rule
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2:14pm Tue 1 Jul 14

LSC says...

"The police commissioner added: "I always reflect on the way the constabulary is viewed and clearly this is something I will reflect on.""

Really? Why not just hire an old school chum to reflect upon it for you, then you can get on with important things, like what to order for lunch at The Grove or dinner at The Ivy.
"The police commissioner added: "I always reflect on the way the constabulary is viewed and clearly this is something I will reflect on."" Really? Why not just hire an old school chum to reflect upon it for you, then you can get on with important things, like what to order for lunch at The Grove or dinner at The Ivy. LSC
  • Score: 6

4:51pm Tue 1 Jul 14

davidhornet says...

David Lloyd offends me. Can he also be taken down? An oaf and a bounder.
David Lloyd offends me. Can he also be taken down? An oaf and a bounder. davidhornet
  • Score: 4

3:38am Wed 2 Jul 14

Honest Rog says...

The "elected" commissioner is a waste of space. Another layer of Plod at the trough.
The "elected" commissioner is a waste of space. Another layer of Plod at the trough. Honest Rog
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12:05am Fri 4 Jul 14

LSC says...

Four comments that I can't see? Perhaps it is just me.
Four comments that I can't see? Perhaps it is just me. LSC
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10:22am Fri 4 Jul 14

garston tony says...

My comment seems to have been taken away too. Not sure why, wasnt contentious at all!
My comment seems to have been taken away too. Not sure why, wasnt contentious at all! garston tony
  • Score: 0
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