Superintendent Charlie Carver said the accounts were a pilot program to test their worth for WA police bases.
‘Social media has great reach,’ he said.
‘This means we can link up with other local entities and interact with the community in real time online.’
Opening the accounts was smooth sailing for all but Warwick Police Station, with its desired Twitter name already taken.
‘We wanted it to be @warwickpolice but Warwick police in Massachusetts had already taken it,’ Supt Carver said.
Police would not be responding to tweets, but if they received a crime tip-off, they would contact the user privately.
Monitored by the station bosses, officers would use the accounts to spread information about wanted criminals, as well as to issue police advice.
Supt Carver reminded residents not to use the accounts as a replacement for police emergency numbers.
Local police Twitter accounts
– Clarkson: @ClarksonPolice
– Hillarys: @HillarysPolice
– Joondalup: @JoondalupPolice
– Wanneroo: @WannerooPolice
– Warwick: @WarwickPol
– Yanchep: @YanchepPolice