Skip to comments.Bizarre 999 Calls Revealed on Twitter by Greater
Posted on 10/14/2010 7:27:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Police work is not all about catching bad guys. Officers have to handle issues ranging from the mundane to the downright bizarre as one forces Twitter experiment has shown.
In the first six hours of yesterday, Greater Manchester Police issued 500 tweets, including a call from a woman who asked for help to sue the Benefits Agency because she had no money.
And call number 686 was a complaint that a man shouted youre gorgeous to woman.
Elsewhere, a team of officers were dispatched to a bridge following a report that a man was dangling a baby over the edge. Police found the man was in fact carrying his dog because it had a fear of bridges.
And there were scores of 999 calls from children playing with their parents mobile phones. The mico-insights emerged after the force set up a live Twitter feed of every 999 call received in 24 hours from 5am. The idea has caught on, with 12,000 people following it. Chief Con Peter Fahy hopes the exercise shows what his officers face.
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.
I am not saying we shouldnt deal with these types of incidents, far from it, but this work is not recognised in league tables and measurements.
LOL...If so I’m in SO much trouble!.......
“Chief Con Peter Fahy hopes the exercise shows what his officers face.”
...and hopefully doesn’t incite weirdos to strange criminal activity just so they can get tweeted.