LOCAL NEWS: Police Tweetathon hopes to emphasise demand


In an attempt to highlight the demand placed on them Dorset Police will be live-Tweeting every enquiry and issue reported to them from 4pm on Friday 14 June to 4am on Saturday 15 June.

It is being done in the hope that the public will see not only the amount of calls the Police receive but also the variety of them.

During the same period last year Dorset Police received 700 phone calls – 241 via 999 and 459 via 101 – 341 incidents were created and 75 crimes reported. 

Chief Superintendent Glen Mayhew, Alliance Operations Commander said: “We hope this initiative will give the public an insight into the diverse range of incidents attended by frontline officers, as well as the volume of calls that come into the Force Command Centre on an average Friday night, which is one of the busier times of the week.

“We regularly receive calls that should not be directed to the police and there are a number of issues that can be dealt with more effectively by contacting us online via our website or email for non-emergency issues. 

“However, in a typical Friday night the Force also receives reports of very serious matters; including sexual assaults, fights taking place linked to the night-time economy, missing people, support requests from ambulance colleagues and concerns for the welfare of vulnerable people.” 

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “I’m sure this exercise will make people aware of the sheer volume of calls which the police receive – from serious incidents to matters which would be far better dealt with by other agencies. I hope it will also provide a snapshot of the excellent work done on a daily basis by both call handlers and the officers who respond to these calls.”

If you want to stay updated on the live-Tweeting session follow @DorsetPolice or type in #DorsetPoliceLIVE on Twitter


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