We expected the Tweetathon to be of interest to many people, however, the response, support and feedback from members of the public has exceeded all of our expectations.
Our aim was to give an insight, as best we could, into a day in the life of frontline officers and staff. The tweets have provided a mere glimpse of the tip of the iceberg of policing, including the challenges, the emotion, the darker, and the lighter side of the job.
There was a real variety of incidents called in over the period but believe it or not, that was a fairly steady 24 hours compared to some. And while the live tweets have come to end and normal Twitter service has resumed, the calls continue 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.
Why did we do it? A number of reasons, Twitter is now an important communications channel to warn and inform members of the public in times of crisis, to assist investigations, and to engage with, or simply inform people of what we do. It’s also free to use.
Tweetathons have been held in the past by numerous forces, including North Yorkshire Police, and have really helped to inform people about our work. Demand is increasing and changing, and we believed that now was the right time hold another one, to help explain what is a police matter and what isn’t, how some incidents will take priority over others and to signpost people to advice if they are experiencing a similar situation.
We are an accountable public service and it’s important that members of the public have an insight – within operational and legal boundaries – into what we do. Our thanks go to everyone who followed and provided very kind and supportive feedback. It’s really appreciated by our hard working officers, staff and volunteers.
If you missed it, visit Twitter and search for #NYP247 or @NYorksPolice
Here’s a small selection of the many comments from our followers:
— Days Out Yorkshire (@Yorkshiredays) August 4, 2018
A brilliant insight. https://t.co/dlcnMciQSt
— Jason Morris (@Jmozz1970) August 4, 2018
— Victoria Larsen (@sunnycotrold) August 4, 2018
Thank you for giving us the insight I was sharing all the information with my children to make them understand the importance of @NYorksPolice and how certain situations calls could of been avoided.
— carley ray (@carleyray14) August 4, 2018
Although this one tickled me, in all seriousness @NYorksPolice 24 hour call log has been absolutely fascinating. Such a variety of calls, including plenty of expected drink, drugs and theft related but also lots of welfare concerns. Eye opening. #NYP247 https://t.co/djC5SCgTLp
— Charlotte Quinn (@charlottequinn) August 3, 2018
Been tops to see the variety of calls in a relatively short space of time. Also the different ways in which in you deal with each incident on merit 👍
— Paul Martin (@RealPaulMartin) August 4, 2018
— Fi (@Feebe09) August 4, 2018
— Natalie (@natali3hans0n) August 3, 2018
— Joe Shepherd (@Joe_Shepherd) August 3, 2018
Morning All! ^BG here. If you want something to read on your journey today, take a look at @NYorksPolice and #NYP247 – a fascinating insight behind the scenes tweeting every one of the varied calls they receive for 24 hours as they continue to keep our streets safe.
— London North Eastern Railway (@LNER) August 4, 2018
— Francesca (@fransbeautyblog) August 3, 2018
Sat feeding my baby not realising the range of calls the police also attend to in the early hours! A real eye-opener to show what heroes they are keeping us safe #NYP247 #Behindthescenes #supportourpolice
— Jo Ord (@tjopink) August 4, 2018
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— Sunny Broadband (@SunnyBroadband) August 3, 2018