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Police Host Twitterthon This Friday

Police authorities in the Reykjavík capital area, Southern Peninsula (Reykjanes Peninsula) and in North-East Iceland will be staging a marathon Twitter session this Friday, Víkurfréttir reports. The iniative, named #löggutíst, will reveal every event police authorities tend to in the 12 hour time slot from 16:00 on Friday, December 12, to 04:00 on Saturday night.

The project aims to give the public an insight into Police work by letting Twitter users follow the different matters Police have to tend to. It will reveal both the nature, outcome, number, and diversity of the different calls the Police receives.

Police authorities in Iceland have taken an active role on social media to inform the public about Police activities. Police authorities are on different social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and the aforementioned Twitter. Among others, police authorities use social media to assist with finding lost people, as well as raising awareness of traffic issues. The Police in the Reykjavík capital area originally created a Facebook account in 2010, and their page has 87,691 likes today.

Police authorities have historically had a relatively high trust rating with the Icelandic public. Polling company Gallup has polled Icelanders regarding their trust in different Icelandic institutions. In the last such poll, conducted in February 2018, 77% of those polled stated they trust the Police. The Police came in 3rd in the rankings, following the Icelandic Coast Guard (91%) and the Office of the President of Iceland (80%). Alarmingly, there was an 8% reduction in trust of the Police between 2017 and 2018.

Follow the iniative using the hashtag #löggutíst (#loggutist). 

Southern Peninsula Police: https://twitter.com/sudurnespolice

Reykjavík capital area Police: www.twitter.com/logreglan

North-East Police: www.twitter.com/logreglanNE

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