Leicestershire Police has multiple social media platforms including (but not limited to) Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat.

The main force pages are ran, monitored and maintained by the Corporate Communications and Engagement Directorate with input from other key departments.

The public facing element of the main force social media accounts is generally monitored from 8.00am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, except on public holidays. Our private messaging function on the main force Facebook and Twitter accounts is monitored 24/7 and can be used in non-emergency situations. Read more about how to contact us. This does not include any of our community, neighbourhood, network or other forcewide accounts.

Over the past few years social media has grown making it an accessible and direct platform for Leicestershire Police to deliver new, creative content to the general public. Our social media platforms aim to educate the general public on crime prevention, keep the public updated with community led issues and engage with as wide a variety of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland residents as possible.

Some neighbourhood beat teams may also choose to use Twitter and Facebook to focus specifically on issues in their communities.

Across all platforms, Leicestershire Police reserves the right to remove comments if they are offensive in their nature or deemed to violate Leicestershire Police's social media policy.

Your comment has grounds to be removed if:

  • you have identified a victim, witness or suspect by any means which potentially affects his/her personal safety. For example; names, address, school, place of work etc.

  • you have identified a serving police officer in a manner which potentially affects his/her personal safety, threatens violence or is grossly derogatory.

  • you have used offensive language (see below)

  • you have published yours, or anyone else's, personal information, such as contact details.

  • you have "spammed" our accounts by posting the same message, or very similar messages, repeatedly. In these circumstances, if your comment/reply does not violate other social media guidelines, one comment/reply will remain on our page.

  • your comments could be perceived to be threatening or abusive to other community members

  • you have included comments which could potentially leave the force in contempt of court (see below)

What constitutes as offensive language?

A message, post or comment which includes:

  • profanity (curse or swear words)

  • Hate crime e.g. racial/ homophobic slurs or language which targets a protected characteristic in a derogatory manner

  • content which is grossly offensive

  • incites violence

  • derogatory and/or insulting language which are directed at a person's appearance

What is contempt of court?

Any material which could influence members of the jury in an ongoing or imminent trial is deemed as being in contempt of court and is punishable in a court of law.

These comments could include:

  • references to someone’s previous convictions

  • statements about a person’s character

  • evidence seeming to link a person directly to the crime of which they have been accused

  • other suggestions that the person is guilty

When proceedings are ‘active’, the above content cannot be posted and the Facebook user is in contempt of court. Proceedings are ‘active’ when:

  • a person is charged

  • a person has been arrested

  • an arrest warrant is issued

  • a summons is issued

You can read more about contempt of court on the CPS website.

Pre-election period (Purdah)

Please do not use any of our pages, profiles or social media platforms to promote party political messages or other content. We will remove any comments that may be seen to compromise our obligation to maintain political neutrality.

Blocking, unfollowing or muting on social media

If an individual continually (on multiple occasions) violates the above specified social media guidelines Leicestershire Police reserves the right to block their account indefinitely.