Greater Manchester Police UK has passed an interesting day today as they tweeted every single 999 emergency calls it received in almost 24 hour time. On the other hand, UK Twitter users gave them a huge response by tweeting almost one hundred tweets per hour reporting them about thefts, accidents, emergencies and some other stuff including a man asleep on on a toilet in a theater. :)
The news seems very interesting but an insight about the activity is that the Greater Manchester Police GMP is cutting their budgets up to £7 million.
Peter Fahy Chief Constable has decided to use social media which will cut the resources. It will also show citizen the amount of work that GPS has to deal with. Chief Constable said that a lot of work done by the police s not recognised in league tables and measurements – yet is a huge part of what we do.”
The activity stared at 5 AM GMT and the first problem they faced is the Twitter usage limit of an account. The @gmpolice Twitter account tried to avoid this situation by using three accounts, @gmp24_1, @gmp24_2 and @gmp24_3.
GMP has tried to stop anything humorous coming on it by putting their official crest logo stating “sometimes real life is funnier than parody”. See this example: “Call 384 report of man holding baby over bridge – police immediately attended and it was man carrying dog that doesn’t like bridges”.
Follow Greater Manchester Police’s three Twitter accounts @gmp24_1, @gmp24_2 and @gmp24_3 or via the hashtag #gmp24. The ‘experiment’ ends at 5am on 15 October.