Ceasefire Between Queensland Police and Nickelback Now In Effect

Police have called a ceasefire against Nickelback after a complaint from the rock band’s touring party about a series of cutting social media posts.

The Queensland Police Service media unit attracted worldwide attention when it issued a BOLO  alert for Chad Kroeger and his fellow Canadian pop stars during their Australian tour earlier this year.

“Wanted for crimes against music,” read the alert, published on the unit’s popular Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“Police are on the lookout for these men who are believed to be impersonating musicians around Boondall this evening. Avoid the area. It may be hazardous to your hearing and street cred.”

The post went viral, attracting almost 40,000 likes and 15,000 shares on Facebook and made news in Canada, the UK and US.

However, a member of the touring party was not amused and phoned the media unit’s manager to complain. Police yesterday defended the posts as a tactic to engage the public outside of emergencies.

“QPS posts about Nickelback evolved as a running joke and are not meant to be taken seriously,” a spokesman said. “There are many Nickelback fans within the QPS and the post is not meant to cause offence.”

Police said social media was “an important engagement tool” and the service regularly used lighthearted content to reach a wider audience.

“As a result, the QPS has one of the largest social media followings in law enforcement worldwide,” the spokesman said.

Ed – I must confess I used to listen to Nickelback too.

Read more in Courier Mail.

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