The new financial year saw the end of both Lothian and Borders Police and Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade. Both organisations have been amalgamated with their Scottish peers to form national bodies.
The Police have set up a series of new Divisions within their national body, which now match the administrative boundaries of local councils, and to go with this change they’ve set up a plethora of new Twitter accounts.
So now you can follow the Edinburgh Division Twitter account here @EdinburghPolice and if you live in the Leith, Leith Walk, Forth or Inverleith wards of the city, you might also want to follow the @edinnorthpolice account too.
According to the North Edinburgh News, Inspector Mark Rennie of Drylaw Police Station explained: “As from 1 April the Community Policing Teams at Drylaw and Leith Police Stations will be posting ‘tweets’ to highlight activity in the area and provide details of their work.
“It’s an important development for us as we can reach a fairly large audience quickly, get information out to young people in a way they appreciate, and also provide clear and instantaneous information about ongoing incidents in the area”.
There’s a full list of all the new police social media accounts here.
Meanwhile, the new Scottish Fire and Rescue service have not gone hyper-local like the Police. In fact they’ve gone in the opposite direction. The old Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade Twitter account, which was much valued by locals has been replaced by an account covering a much larger area.
The official Fire and Rescue service Twitter account covering Leith now also covers an area with 1.6million people in it. You can find it here: @scotfire_east
We’re grateful to Robin Hutton, for sharing this 1976 photo showing the local Police wandering about Leith docks trying to shoot rabid cats with shotguns.