More than 200,000 people now follow the PSNI on Facebook and Twitter, four years after the service first embraced social media.
Police hailed the development as “a milestone” and said engaging with users on social media allows it to have a direct link with the communities they serve.
The first pages were set up by the Neighbourhood Policing team at Holywood station, and now the PSNI has 35 official Facebook pages 28 accounts on Twitter.
Chief Inspector Bobby Singleton said: “In 2009 we set up the social media pilot project for the PSNI because of Facebook and Twitter’s emerging popularity as engagement tools. This began with just two corporate blogging sites followed by our own Facebook and Twitter pages
“Our Facebook pages and Twitter feeds provide the community with another channel to speak with officers to contribute to the policing debate. They have allowed us to explore new ways of connecting to the community sharing timely, relevant information to help them stay safe and informed.”
In light of the latest figures police have launched a survey to find out what people think of their pages and accounts and how they might be improved.
Chief Inspector Singleton said: “We’re taking this opportunity to ask users of our Facebook pages to take part in a short survey that will help inform the pages’ continued development.
“A link to the survey will be posted on all the PSNI’s facebook sites and can also be found at www.psni.police.uk. Click on ‘About Us’, ‘Surveys’ and ‘Facebook Survey’. The questionnaire will take just a couple of minutes to complete.”