Police hail tweet beat success

Manchester Police chiefs have hailed their 24-hour Twitterthon as a success after posting details of 3,205 incidents on the microblogging site.

Police hail tweet beat success

“The reaction we have received proves that the public perception of modern day policing was removed from the reality that my officers face,” said Chief Constable Peter Fahy.

“We have tried to give a serious message about transparency and how we get that out to the public.”

Calls ranged from someone reporting a rat in the house, and that the cat may be responsible, to serious offences including injuries to a child. Officers arrested 341 people during the experiment and 126 of those remain in custody.

Perhaps less importantly, the force saw its Twitter profile go from 3,000 followers who had joined in the two years since it was set up to more than 17,000 overnight.

The missing link

The police also admitted that the tweets highlighted areas where officers could improve cross-referencing of separate reports that relate to the same crime. “Officers need to identify links between the incidents they are currently dealing with and earlier crimes, often in a different area,” the force said in its statement.

“At about 11.50pm on Thursday 14 October 2010, a post office on Burnley Lane in Chadderton was ram-raided and cash was stolen,” it said.

“Later, at about 2.20am on Friday 15 October 2010, a report was made of a car driving dangerously in Blackley. The back of the car, a Volkswagen Toureg, was badly damaged. A link with the earlier ram raid is now being investigated.”

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