15 October 2010

UK - Twitter shows Greater Manchester Police's 3,205 calls

(BBC)
Police in Greater Manchester received 3,205 calls and made 341 arrests during their 24-hour Twitter project. Every incident was detailed in a series of "tweets", with up to 17,000 people following the force's Twitter feed. The calls ranged from a rape in the city to human excrement being left on the door handles of a police car. Chief Constable Peter Fahy said: "We have tried to get a serious message out about the size of officers' workload." Police said the volume of calls they received in 24 hours was "about average" and reflected a typical day.