Police take to Twitter to put work on public show

Chief Constable Peter Fahy

Chief Constable Peter Fahy

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GREATER Manchester Police is showing people what officers and staff face in 24 hours by providing the most extensive behind the scenes access in its history.

As of 5am today the force was tweeting all the calls it receives to provide an insight into the amount and range of its work.

It takes place exactly four years after the very first GMP Twitter Day.

The 24 hours will see:

Details of all 3,000-plus calls tweeted as they happen

The GMP Facebook account will be “taken over” by officers providing details of how cases are investigated

Video updates from officers working in complex areas such as public protection and negotiators

Two community reporters will provide updates from custody and a response patrol

Updates from the 101 local police Twitter and Facebook accounts

Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: “Four years ago, people were surprised by the range of incidents we have to deal with and these have not changed.

“More of our work is about protecting vulnerable people, targeting those who abuse them and dealing with the consequences of entrenched social problems.”

Check out the Twitter accounts @gmpday14_1, @gmpday14_2, @gmpday14_3 and @gmpday14_4 for the calls. More details will be circulated on the force main Twitter account @gmpolice and Facebook GtrManchesterPolice.

Those not on social media can visit www.gmp.police.uk. But simply follow the hashtag #gmp24 to see the activity unfold.