Our first forcewide 24 hour tweetathon took place on Wednesday (22 July). Its aim: to demonstrate the breadth of work that goes on behind the scenes and on the front line to keep residents safe and prevent crime.
Running from 00:00 until 23:59, we averaged one tweet every 2 minutes 54 seconds, sending a total of 490 tweets from @ASPoliceLIVE. Our other official police Twitter accounts also got involved, contributing to the 2.1K tweets that used the hashtag #ASP24.
Thieving seagulls, aggressive badgers and complaints about seat belts being too tight – these are just some of the 80+ inappropriate calls we received over the course of 24 hours.
These clips may be amusing but they come with a serious message – for every inappropriate 999 call we receive, someone with a genuine emergency is kept waiting on the line. This could be the difference between life and death.
Please think before you call 999. Is it an emergency? Do I need an immediate police response? Is the crime in progress right now? If the answer is no, call 101 instead or visit our website for advice and to report non-urgent crime.