Greater Manchester Police turn to Twitter

Force using social network to show off difficult and varied workload

Site will be used for just 24 hours by GMP as it battles spending cuts.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is hopping on the Twitter bandwagon today, using the social network over a 24 hour period to show how the public the varied and hefty workload its officers face on a daily basis.

Three Twitter feeds are being used by GMP until 5am tomorrow, with every single incident an officer deals with being recorded. As of 8am today, 331 calls have been tweeted about, covering everything from a smoker on a flight into Manchester Airport and wild horses on a housing estate.

GMP’s Chief Constable Peter Fahy told the BBC, “"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 that we shouldn't deal with these types of incidents, far from it, but what I am saying is that this work is not recognised in league tables and measurements, yet is a huge part of what we do."

He is hoping that GMP’s use of Twitter will show just how the police works and also prove to politicians how widespread cuts will affect frontline policing.