Kingston Police announced today the creation of new social media profiles that will compliment its corporate account that went online in 2009.
The additions are a result of the Province of Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services ‘Proceeds of Crime‘ grant.
According to a release, these new accounts are being introduced to “continue to improve and advance our connection with the community through communication and information sharing”.
The following new social media accounts are now active:
Twitter and Instagram (links to Twitter)
@kp_schoolcop – School Resource Officers – Constable Carolyn Gauthier
@kp _beatcop – Downtown Foot and Bicycle Patrol – Constable Filip Wisniak
@kp _patrol – General Patrol – Constable Steve Koopman
Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat
@kp_youthcop – Youth Engagement – Constable Josh Conner
These Twitter accounts are scheduled to come online soon and may be joined by associated Instagram profiles:
Kingston Police’s original Twitter account has been a source for information not just locally but nationally and internationally as well.
Perhaps the most high profile result of a @KingstonPolice tweet was in 2012 when their tweet ended up being the catalyst for a segment by Stephen Colbert, then the host of “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central before he moved to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS.
In November of that year, a man was arrested during the Kingston Santa Claus Parade after police received a complaint he was drunkenly walking along the parade route telling children Santa Claus didn’t exist.
The Media Relations Officer at the time, Constable Steve Koopman, tweeted: “Arrested an intoxicated Grinch for trying to yell at kids that Santa’s not real! So misinformed. His heart must be many sizes too small!”
Arrested an intoxicated Grinch for trying to yell at kids that Santa’s not real! So misinformed. His heart must be many sizes too small!
— Kingston Police (@kingstonpolice) November 17, 2012
Kingston Police stated in a later update that the man was quickly located by officers and described as “having his hair formed to look like horns that were protruding from his head.”
That news eventually made its way around the country and south of the border, leading to Stephen Colbert’s segment 10 days later that he began with: “There is one bit of yuletide news that’s making visions of anger plums dance through my head. This story sickens me.”
After showing a U.S. TV news clip describing the incident, he said “This Canadian Grinch just let the cat out of the bag, or as they say in Canada, the beaver out of the beaver pelt satchel. They got a lot of beavers up there, it’s actually something of a problem.”
“There’s no point denying it anymore, there’s no more Santa Claus,” said Colbert, adding after a pause: “In Canada.”
The host continued riffing on Canada and Christmas for the remainder of the segment which remains online but only viewable in the U.S. (or by using a VPN to access the page with a US IP address).
Kingston Police remind the public that their social media accounts are not monitored 24/7 and should not be used for making reports.
Call 911 for emergencies and follow these provided instructions for filing reports or calling in tips.
To make reports or submit tips Kingston Police offer the following options:
To file a report via:
Online Kingston Police Website’s Crime Report page.
By calling our general number 613-549-4660
By calling 911 in the event of an emergency
To provide anonymous tips via:
By calling our general number 613-549-4660 ext. 0 and asking to be anonymous
By calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)
Online www.tipsubmit.com where you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.
Top image: composite Google & unknown | Colbert Report via Comedy Central