MANNING the police Twitter account isn’t as exciting as arresting drug dealers and high speed car chases, but in Spain it’s a job with just as much responsibility.
The national police force has more followers than any other law enforcement agency in the world, including the FBI.
But the man behind its success, Carlos Fernandez Guerra, has now left to work for energy firm Iberdrola.
His replacement, Carolina Gonzalez, previously worked as part of an investigations unit in Barcelona before joining the communication teams and helping inspire millions of Twitter followers.
“I always liked to communicate and I always liked the police,” said Gonzalez in an interview with El Pais. “This job brings together both of my passions, and to me that represents luxury. I couldn’t imagine a better post.”
There is a team of eight people behind the police force’s social media presence, with tweets kept between 10 and 15 a day.
They caused controversy in 2014 when they replied to a Tweet asking for the best way to smuggle cannabis through airport security with some genuine advice.