Police 'tweets' day of incidents
Published 14/10/2010 | 13:54
Users of the social networking site Twitter are being given a detailed insight into the workings of one of Britain's busiest police forces.
Greater Manchester Police was tweeting every incident it deals with for 24 hours from 5am.
In the first six hours there were around 500 tweets sent out by the force, covering a wide range of incidents - from serious crime to the more mundane.
These included call 412 from a woman who asked for help to sue the Benefits Agency because she had no money.
And call 686 was a complaint that a man shouted "you're gorgeous" to woman.
Elsewhere, a team of officers were dispatched to a bridge following call 384 reporting concerns that a man was "dangling" a small baby over the edge. When they arrived they found the man was simply carrying his dog in his arms because it has a fear of bridges.
Chief Constable Peter Fahy hopes the exercise will enable the public - and politicians - to see what his officers deal with on a daily basis.
He said: "Policing is often seen in very simple terms, with cops chasing robbers and locking them up. However, the reality is that this accounts for only part of the work they have to deal with.
"A lot of what we do is dealing with social problems such as missing children, people with mental health problems and domestic abuse. Often these incidents can be incredibly complex and need a lot of time, resource and expertise."
The incidents were being published on the following three accounts on Twitter. They are: http://twitter.com/gmp24_1, http://twitter.com/gmp24_2 and http://twitter.com/gmp24_3.