City police say they are the first police force in the country to launch an Instagram account.

Bengaluru police goes for the fancy filters launches Instagram account
news Social Media Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 09:03

It is no secret that the Bengaluru City Police wants to tap every bit of opportunity in social media to reach out to the public. After attracting several thousands of followers on both Facebook and Twitter, the city police will now reach out to you on Instagram. 

According to the police, BCP has become the country's first police department to be on Instagram. Although their Instagram account is yet to publish and posts, the account already has more than 400 followers. 

"I guess we won't be filtering just criminals now. We're probably our country's first Police Department on Instagram," Bengaluru City Police tweeted on Monday. 

The New Indian Express quotes City Police Commissioner Praveen Sood as saying that creating an Instagram account was a way of reaching out to the younger population. 

"We are going to use Instagram to share information with the public and create awareness," he said. 

According to BCP's Twitter handle, the department is also set to relaunch its Youtube channel. 

Apart from regularly sharing information on their Twitter handle and Facebook page, the Bengaluru City Police recently conducted a selfie contest, to urge the people to use skywalks. People were encouraged to use any skywalks in the city and post a selfie tagging the department's handle on Twitter. 

During the Cauvery agitation in August last year, the Bengaluru City Police had effectively reached out to the people regularly, with their timely tweets and updates on Facebook. Even when Praveen Sood assumed office on January 1 this year, he had said that using technology to improve policing had been one of the priorities of the department.