Today the Greater Manchester Police are showing the world what they do by using the power of Twitter. Over the next 24 hours they will be tweeting all of the 999 calls they receive to highlight the complex social issues they face and that it’s not just about ‘catching criminals’.
Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), wants the public, and politicians, to see what his officers deal with on a daily basis.
“Policing is often seen in very simple terms, with cops chasing robbers and locking them up,” he said.
“However, the reality is that this accounts for only part of the work they have to deal with.
“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.”
There has already been backlash by Fiona McEvoy of the TaxPayers’ Alliance
‘The police should be catching criminals, not wasting time on social websites,’ she said.
There has been a lot of support so far this morning on twitter, people appear to be quite surprised at the calls they get and issues they have to deal with. Do you think this is great exposure for police work? Is this a positive way for the police force to be using social media or do you think it’s a huge time waster and resource could be better spent in other ways?