Icelandic police have created their own YouTube page dispensing advice for viewers. Meanwhile, Reykjavík Metropolitan Police are currently finalists in the Large Agency category for the ConnectedCOPS Awards.
The capital area police have been very active with social media. They have their own Facebook page, where they regular post about police work, often engaging with those leaving comments about certain arrests or other police events. They have also used the page to issue statements to the general public regarding everything from unsafe weather conditions to warnings to not drink and drive during festival times.
But police have recently gone a stop further, creating their own YouTube channel. Below are a few samples:
Þórir Ingvarsson, a Detective Inspector for the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, told ConnectedCops that “There is no shortage on ideas, Because of the extraordinary support from the chief, I see the social media project taking the RMP further and providing an excellent opportunity for engagement in times where the police has less time for communication using conventional ways. One can also argue that the idea of the police officer walking his or her beat, could actually be tranfered into a digital reality where the public are spending more and more of their time. In addition to thinking of more ways for the public to engage with its police force, to ask, to give opinions and to make recommendations on how the police operate strengthening the ties and empowering the public.”