Police turn to Twitter to let people know what their work is all about

Greater Manchester police on Thursday turned to social networking platform Twitter to let people see the wide range of matters they deal with on daily basis.

The police department created three Twitter accounts to accommodate the assortment and quantity of tweets.

The police department tweeted a report of man holding baby over bridge, but when police attended it was man holding a dog that does not like bridges.

Even before the first tweets began emerging at 5am, the police had dealt with 214 incidents since midnight and were detaining 101 people in the cells.

Peter Fahy, Greater Manchester's chief constable, said that he wanted members of public to see what police officers deal with on a regular day.

Commenting on the topic, Fahy said, "Policing is often seen in very simple terms, with cops chasing robbers and locking them up. However, the reality is that this accounts for only part of the work.”

As many as 14,000 Twitter users tracked the police’s developments during the one-day experiment, and get a good sense of what law enforcement officers’ day-to-day work is like.