OPP Launches Twitter From Provincial Communications Centres

Oct 9, 2014

ORILLIA, ON, Oct. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - The OPP is increasing their use of social media to get information out to the citizens of Ontario.

Designated staff in provincial communications centres will now be sending time-sensitive information via Twitter to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  As events are unfolding across the province, the public will be provided with tweets about weather emergencies, hazardous conditions, missing persons, road closures and other public safety updates.

Through Twitter, the public can expect timely, accurate and consistent messaging that will keep the citizens of Ontario well informed on what they need to know to remain safe in our communities.

This launch coincides with the Thanksgiving Day long weekend and Operation Impact and is expected to help raise awareness about safety on our roads, waterways, trails and in our communities.  The OPP encourages motorists to have their full concentration on driving, and to avoid all distractions.

"Providing 24 hour a day public safety messaging on Twitter will have great value for both police and the citizens we serve to protect. The OPP will continue to move forward with social media and other technologies that support our commitment to safety."
- Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, OPP Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

The following are the PCC Twitter accounts:

@OPP_COMM_ER (East Region)
@OPP_COMM_WR (West Region)
@OPP_COMM_NWR (North West Region)
@OPP_COMM_CR (Central Region)
@OPP_COMM_NER (North East Region)
@OPP_GTATraffic (Highway Safety Division)

For more information log on to opp.ca

SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

For further information:

Contact: 

Sgt. Kerry Schmidt
Media Relations, Highway Safety Division 

Phone: (416) 460-4701