Manchester England Police Tweeting Every Distress Call Today

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Manchester England Police Tweeting Every Distress Call Today

In an effort to show all that "modern policing" does, the Greater Manchester Police force is publishing details of every call that it receives today on Twitter.

We are in the future. This is web 3.0. Information is so now freely available and easily distributed that it is now possible for one of the largest police forces in the United Kingdom to publish details of each call that it receives. Chief Constable Peter Fahy of the Greater Manchester Police force is using the promotion to show the public all that "modern policing" entails. It's not all bang bang and bobbies chasing robbers; police now deal with a lot of social problems, domestic disputes and possible health issues. Due to the technical limitations of Twitter, the force is Tweeting over three accounts: @gmp24_1, @gmp24_2, @gmp24_3. The 24 Tweet-fest began at 5am Manchester time this morning.

"Policing is often seen in very simple terms, with cops chasing robbers and locking them up," said Chief Constable Peter Fahy. "However the reality is that this accounts for only part of the work they have to deal with."

The promotion is a part of a plea from Fahy to change the way Manhester funds its social services. From his point of view, the police often begin the process of helping people and he thinks that public funding for social services should be split amongst all agencies.

"We see time and again the same families, the same areas and the same individuals causing the same problems and these people are causing a considerable drain to the public purse," Fahy said.

"Instead of the public sector organisations having separate pots of money we could spend it more efficiently it were one big pot. This could be achieved by working together more effectively, by joining up and sharing the responsibility of the issues that we are all dealing with."

Politics aside, it's just generally funny to see some of the calls that the police are handling today. One of my favorites so far are:

call 1069 bag of sand obstructing traffic in Oldham

I wonder if that is related to the previous call:

call 1068 bag stolen in street in Oldham

Quick! Someone is stealing bags of sand and putting them in the streeet! Call the cops!

Source: Greater Manchester Police

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Yeah, most people see the police as evil "only there to ruin fun" assholes here in britain. It'd be nice if those people looked at some of the stuff they did.

I have a great respect for police, even if they do occasionally catch me drinking in the woods with friends.

"children stealing sweets" Ahahahahaha

A lot of these are hilarious

call 1436 tent erected on church grounds in Rochdale

We have a winner.

I dont really like the police, they're like the governments own private army that pretends to like you but then the moment you do something the government doesn't like the police are "forced" to arrest you.

EDIT: Ok I just realised that was totally irrelevant. Also on topic these tweets are hilarious

I watch the show cops, I know couldn't do what they do on a daily basis. I would throw anyone running their mouth in jail.

yeah, I heard about this too, live 2 and a half hours away from Manchester.

My guess is that it would be pretty busy there...

Greg Tito:
Manchester England Police Tweeting Every Distress Call Today

We were checking it out earlier: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.238633-Follow-the-Police

You missed this beauty:

Call 613 silent 999 call received - baby playing with phone. Call handler gave advice

And this strangely worded one.

Call 605 officers to deliver a death message

On a side note to this, the police in England (and I assume worldwide) get a lot of very silly requests so it may also serve to embarrass people into not calling the police with trivial problems.

Talking about things like 'my child is refusing to go to school' or 'I have a flat tire' hopefully will help there too

Somehow that seems like a breach of privacy to some degree, nothing that can violate US law though, I'm not sure how is that affected by UK law

This sort of information should really be kept confidential.

Invasion of Privacy? How? There is no identification makers besides town/city. Most Cities in the US publish arrests with names in the newspaper and other crimes, online I can find mugshots of every arrest taken today in my city. This is nothing.

Hey cool! I live in Manchester now as well :D (studying at the University of Manchester, Japanese studies :P)

Wooooh! Go Manchester! XD

Man, if stuff is on the road where it shouldn't be here in Canada I just get out and move it to the side.

yup, whenever I see a one tonne bag of sand in the middle of the road I just hop out of the car and lift it out of the way!

AC10:
Man, if stuff is on the road where it shouldn't be here in Canada I just get out and move it to the side.

you my friend have obviously never come across a big bag of sand.

I live in Manchester and to be honest this explains why they never respond to a domestic disturbance or indeed a robbery. They are too busy tweeting!

Time to cause some trouble in my home town..

Hr Habberdasher:

AC10:
Man, if stuff is on the road where it shouldn't be here in Canada I just get out and move it to the side.

you my friend have obviously never come across a big bag of sand.

Well, never in the middle of a road.

Help, there's a man chasing me with an axe! I'm hiding in [address], please help!

i see a-lot of stolen phones and abandon calls

found a funny one

Call 384 report of man holding baby over bridge - police immediately attended and it was man carrying dog that doesn't like bridges #gmp24

Hmm, another way for them to tell us they have released a dangerous serial killer or paedophile onto the streets and that they'd rather fill in paperwork than catch and bang up criminals I guess.

Jonesy911:
I dont really like the police, they're like the governments own private army that pretends to like you but then the moment you do something the government doesn't like the police are "forced" to arrest you.

You don't like the police because they stop people from breaking laws (or catch them when they have)?

These reasons are getting dumber as they go along.

Somethingfake:
Hmm, another way for them to tell us they have released a dangerous serial killer or paedophile onto the streets and that they'd rather fill in paperwork than catch and bang up criminals I guess.

Sorry, but that's the kind of stupid opinion I can't stand.

Firstly, the Police don't "release serial killers or paedophiles onto the streets". The Police are responsible for arresting and putting suspects before the courts. Then it's out of thier hands. It's the Crown Prosecution Service and the Prison Service that are responsible for allowing recidivist criminals back on the streets.

And the ridiculous amounts of paperwork are forced upon them by Home Office and senior officers. You honestly think Policemen and women join up to fill in forms?

EDIT:

OT, this is a good initiative. It allows people to see for themselves all the nonsense that our Police have to put up with day to day.

Are they allowed to do that?
This wouldn't go over well in America.

"call 1493 possible bogus callers in Wigan"

"call 1521 Harrassing text messages, Wigan"

Possibly connected?

Also:

"call 1475 request for a PCSO to attend the area to deal with youths causing annoyance in Bury"

"call 1530 a complaint of antisocial behaviour by youths in Withington"

I kind of what to know what 'causing annoyance' and 'antisocial behaviour' means to the police.

lol my local police :D

fair play to them trying to be all 'down with the kidz' or showing the public they they are aware of the problems and are going to do something about it

but tbh it seems like a big fail

The_root_of_all_evil:

Greg Tito:
Manchester England Police Tweeting Every Distress Call Today

We were checking it out earlier: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.238633-Follow-the-Police

You missed this beauty:

Call 613 silent 999 call received - baby playing with phone. Call handler gave advice

And this strangely worded one.

Call 605 officers to deliver a death message

Delivering death messages is considered one of the most difficult tasks a police officer can be assigned to. It means that the officer must contact the family of a murder/accident victim, and explain to them that Dad won't be coming home.

GonzoGamer:
Are they allowed to do that?
This wouldn't go over well in America.

Why wouldn't they? None of it is personably identifiable.

call 1576 youths causing annoyance playing football in road in Failsworth #gmp24

Hehe Failsworth.

HA community police
I think this vid sums them up haha

Woodsey:

Jonesy911:
I dont really like the police, they're like the governments own private army that pretends to like you but then the moment you do something the government doesn't like the police are "forced" to arrest you.

You don't like the police because they stop people from breaking laws (or catch them when they have)?

These reasons are getting dumber as they go along.

Obviously I think that the idea of 'police'is good but its just that a lot of the laws they uphold don't make a lot of sense to me, for example why is pot illegal?. I know that they aren't the ones thinking up the laws but they are the ones enforcing them.

In the end I would rather have the police we have now than none at all but I do think that the police we have now are signifcantly flawed, but then again so are most things :L

GonzoGamer:
Are they allowed to do that?
This wouldn't go over well in America.

Unless it's something sensitive, police records are essentially public. Many police departments do something similar in the US, either published in local papers or online. Here's an example.

busterkeatonrules:

Delivering death messages is considered one of the most difficult tasks a police officer can be assigned to. It means that the officer must contact the family of a murder/accident victim, and explain to them that Dad won't be coming home.

Oh...

That message.

Yeah...sorry, didn't get what it was from the context.

Greg Tito:

the Greater Manchester Police force

The preferred term is Police Service. Force sounds too aggressive.

This is what our police do since we have no gun crime. Or organised crime. They get called out for absolutely anything.

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