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Manchester Police joins Twitter for the day

Manchester Police joins Twitter for the day

All calls logged by the GMP for a twenty-four hour period are to be posted to Twitter to raise awareness.

The Greater Manchester Police has decided to give the Internet-connected public a glance into modern policing, by posting every incident dealt with over a 24 hour period to Twitter.

The project, which started at 0500 this morning and will run through to early tomorrow, offers a fascinating glimpse of some of the calls that GMP officers are routinely expected to deal with.

So far today, the police have been asked to help a woman sue the benefits office because she had run out of money - it's understood that they declined - and a report of a man holding a baby over a bridge turned out to be a 'man carrying dog that doesn't like bridges.'

As amusing as watching the various bizarre reports flow in is, GMP's chief constable Peter Fahy claims that there is a serious message to the project. In a statement, Fahy said that '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.'

Bemoaning the fact that 'league tables and measurements' fail to recognise the majority of work that GMP officers do, Fahy stated that 'I think that it’s time to start measuring performance in a different way. There needs to be more focus on how the public sector as a whole is working together to tackle society’s issues and problems.'

If you want to join in on the project, there are three Twitter accounts you'll want to follow: @gmp24_1, @gmp24_2, and @gmp24_3. The project is split into three accounts due to the volume of calls received, which would quickly trigger Twitter's rate limiting if posted to a single account.

For those of a more visual bent, the GMP officers will also be posting choice selection of photos on the official GMP Flickr account.

So far the GMP hasn't confirmed whether the experiment is a one-off, or if it will be repeated in the future.

Are you impressed to see the Greater Manchester Police using technology to better connect with the community, or is it just a waste of police time on a pointless publicity stunt? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Mankz 14th October 2010, 12:57 Quote
TBH, thats the best use of Twitter I've seen yet.

Still doesnt make me want to sign up though..
MaverickWill 14th October 2010, 13:00 Quote
Call 9001 - red-headed student annihilates bus. SWAT team on way with cheesecake. ;)

I'm going to follow this!
Mikee 14th October 2010, 13:07 Quote
My favourites so far:

"call 686 man shouts 'you're gorgeous' to woman"

"call 567 woman reporting somebody putting a video on her youtube site"

"call 510 complaint about homeless people in Wigan"

and

"call 466 complaint from member of the public that builders have turned up to complete work two months late"

Is keeping me entertained at least :)
Gunsmith 14th October 2010, 13:21 Quote
lol thats billiant
Almightyrastus 14th October 2010, 13:58 Quote
I think it's a great exercise as a one off or as a series every now and then. More of a 'ok you guys complain that the police don't do anything, but seriously, look at the $%*! we have to deal with'
Omnituens 14th October 2010, 14:07 Quote
gmp24_1 is broken it seems. Other two work fine.
MaverickWill 14th October 2010, 14:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Omnituens
gmp24_1 is broken it seems. Other two work fine.

A refresh fixed it for me. Either that, or switch to the new-style Twitter.

They keep getting blocked for flooding on at least one account (or, as they put it, being put in Twitter jail), so there's swapping between the three.
Optimaximal 14th October 2010, 14:50 Quote
There's also gmp24_4... Presumably due to API-limit abuse :)
MaverickWill 14th October 2010, 14:53 Quote
I kept reading it as "gimp" when I first saw it. Following that logic, I can't wait for gmp24_7. ;)
Bumfluff101 14th October 2010, 15:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaverickWill
I kept reading it as "gimp" when I first saw it. Following that logic, I can't wait for gmp24_7. ;)
lol

There are some seriously stupid people out there
MaverickWill 14th October 2010, 15:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bumfluff101
lol

There are some seriously stupid people out there

I hope you mean the minority of complainants in Greater Manchester, and not me! :-P
javaman 14th October 2010, 16:29 Quote
Yay we get to see them fail at their jobs. It takes them 5hours to come collect a statement reporting an assult and 3months to investigate (they found the bloke and invited him down "for a chat" since too long had passed since the incident to arrest him) before handing it over for prossucution. If it takes them that long how the hell have they time to use twitter?
img 14th October 2010, 16:35 Quote
im more enjoying @gmp24_0 or @gmp24_7
pimonserry 14th October 2010, 16:36 Quote
There's also gmp24_0 if you're after a spoof. I think 24_7 is a spoof as well.

It's actually quite interesting, all this :o
LeMaltor 14th October 2010, 17:54 Quote
I can never make my mind up about wanting to join the police or not. I watch the cop shows, and reading this twitter you get to see all the scum and idiots that they have to deal with, I'm sure I'd love to drive around with the blues and twos on and be in the riot squad but I don't think I would want to deal with dross every work day o_o
Lamba 14th October 2010, 18:00 Quote
Was talking to some police about this today and I think its great to see what strain they get put under so we can complain a bit less :P
mrbens 14th October 2010, 18:07 Quote
Good idea but I wonder how many of these will be prank calls to get onto the Twitter feed!
echeb 14th October 2010, 19:06 Quote
you said it Mankz, but if gmp did a deal with cheezburger networks then I'd be glued to it
robots 14th October 2010, 19:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mikee
My favourites so far:

"call 686 man shouts 'you're gorgeous' to woman"

"call 567 woman reporting somebody putting a video on her youtube site"

"call 510 complaint about homeless people in Wigan"

and

"call 466 complaint from member of the public that builders have turned up to complete work two months late"

Is keeping me entertained at least :)

Lol! Funny, although I hope they are punished for wasting police time.
The_Beast 14th October 2010, 20:28 Quote
It's a giant waste of time and money but it's pretty funny too
Ghast 14th October 2010, 20:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mankz
TBH, thats the best use of Twitter I've seen yet.

Still doesnt make me want to sign up though..

I absolutely thought the same thing.
cgthomas 15th October 2010, 00:35 Quote
I want a refund on my tax money
The Professor 15th October 2010, 14:58 Quote
I like the idea they could do it with the armed forces for a day.
tristanperry 17th October 2010, 18:27 Quote
"call 2045 youths setting fire to roundabout in park in Middleton"

How do you set fire... to a roundabout?!?

Anywhoo, a very interesting project. A waste of time, but pretty funny I guess..
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