August 3, 2015


World

Police tweet in U.K. to show activity level

LONDON -- From stolen cars to suspicious smells, one of Britain's biggest police forces is tweeting every incident it deals with over a 24 hour-period to prove a point.

The online Twitter campaign aims to show the pressures police are under as British officials prepare for deep budget cuts.

"The reality of police work is that although crime is a big part of what we do, we do much else besides," Chief Constable Peter Fahy of Manchester said in a message posted to YouTube. "We're very much the agency of last resort, and a big part of our workload is related to wider social problems of alcohol, drugs, mental health and people having problems with their relationships."

The project, which began at 5:00 a.m. Thursday, has already racked up more than 1,300 different incidents. Among the first tweets: An alert about a stolen vehicle thought to be headed for Manchester, the arrest of an aggressive shoplifter, and a report that "a man appears asleep at bus stop."

Greater Manchester Police is one of the country's largest police forces, responsible for a (1,300-square-kilometre) area centred on Manchester, which competes with Birmingham for the title of England's second city.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 15, 2010 A22

History

Updated on Friday, October 15, 2010 at 2:23 PM CDT: Adds sidebar with links

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Scroll down to load more

Top