Prague, Czech Republic – Shortly after the Slovak police announced that they had the most followed social media accounts in Central Europe, they were challenged by their Czech counterparts to a friendly competition to find out who could get more new followers on Instagram in November.
If the aim of this friendly contest was primarily to raise the visibility and respective profiles of both police forces online, “it was not only about getting new followers”, tells us a spokesperson for the Slovak police. The losing side will indeed have to endorse a charity project chosen by the winners.
After a tight battle which saw many media outlets, celebrities and influencers come out in support of both sides, the results are in and, having gathered 115,000 new followers on Instagram throughout the month of November, it is the Czech police who came out on top.
They were notably supported by TV Nova presenter Lucie Borhyova, television and radio personality Leos Mares, singer Ben Cristovao and Instagram celebrities The Sikles.
After a late surge which followed Peter Sagan’s support, the Slovak police still managed to get 67,000 new followers on their Instagram page, which is not bad, taking into account the country’s size and population.
“The Slovak police need your help! They are competing with their Czech colleagues in the number of followers for a very worthy cause! If they win, they will receive support to help sick children. It’s a tight competition, so every single follower counts. The deadline is on Saturday midnight, so please follow them right now”, wrote the cycling champion to his 1.6 million Instagram followers.
The police in Slovakia, who even asked for the help of expats in Bratislava on Facebook, were also supported by singer Dara Rolins, model Andrea Veresova, hockey player Zdeno Chara and MMA fighter Attila Vegh.
They will now have to endorse a foundation which takes care of the children of the policemen and firemen who lost their lives on duty.
November may be over but you can still show your support and follow the Czech and Slovak police on Instagram to help them “inform the public about important and serious matters”, as stated by a spokesperson for the Czech police.
In the meantime, here’s how the Czech police reacted at midnight when the official count came in: