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Bizarre 999 Calls Revealed on Twitter by Greater
Metro ^ | 10/14/2010 | Joel Taylor

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 force’s 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 ‘you’re 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 shouldn’t deal with these types of incidents, far from it, but this work is not recognised in league tables and measurements.’


TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: police; tweets; twitter
Wait? It's illegal to tell women that they're gorgeous? Is this one of those zero tolerance things?
1 posted on 10/14/2010 7:27:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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LOL...If so I’m in SO much trouble!.......


2 posted on 10/14/2010 7:48:17 PM PDT by jakerobins
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“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.


3 posted on 10/14/2010 8:53:35 PM PDT by bolobaby
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