UK cops reveal day in life through tweets

| 14/10/2010

(Daily Mail): One of Britain’s busiest police forces has taken to the social network site Twitter to show thehuge workload faced by its officers. 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 and bizarre. 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 as well as scores of 999 calls from children playing with their parents’ mobile phones.

Chief Constable Peter Fahy hopes today’s exercise will enable the public – and politicians – to see what his officers deal with on a daily basis. ‘Policing is often seen in very simple terms, with cops chasing robbers and locking them up,’ he said. ‘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.”
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