Essex Police 24-hour Tweetathon gets underway

Essex Police are hosting a 24-hour Tweetathon live from the control room.

The event is aimed at giving members of the public an insight into the demands police face during a typical day.

A team of staff will be tweeting from the control room live from 6am today (Friday 10th August) from @EssexPoliceUK using the hashtag #FCRLIVE

Tweets will cover basic details of a selection of reported incidents and issues received via 999 and 101 calls.

Superintendent Kevin Baldwin said: “Already this year we’ve seen one of our busiest summers in recent memory with extra calls for help amounting to about one day extra per week over what we expect during other seasons.

“The Tweetathon is a fantastic opportunity for us to show people the types of calls we get. It may surprise them to see that many people are not ringing about crime.

“Every day our call takers deal with calls about a range of issues relating to mental health, vulnerability and requests for information, alongside calls reporting crime or from people needing urgent help.

“We also take hundreds of calls every month on issues that should be dealt with by other agencies.

“We will use the Tweetathon to help increase awareness about what is and isn’t a policing matter in a bid to reduce demand on the force for non-police matters and those that should be dealt with by other organisations.”

The Tweetathon is part of the force’s “More Time to Fight Crime” campaign.

Essex Police report a ‘seasonal spike’ in crime during the summertime, before figures fall back in the autumn.