To help South Yorkshire residents understand the number and variety of incidents the Force deals with, on Friday, 21 December, South Yorkshire Police will be tweeting details of every incident that is reported to us between 12 noon and 12 midnight, and our response.
The public can follow the twitterthon live feed on the South Yorkshire Police website http://www.southyorks.police.uk/twitterfall or alternatively follow #SYtweetmas.
The Friday before Christmas is traditionally one of South Yorkshire Police’s busiest days of the year for alcohol related antisocial behaviour and violent crime.
The Force will adopt Twitter as an avenue of communication for the days policing demands in Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield.
Similar to the Antisocial behaviour 'Trick n Tweet' Twitterthon in October, 2012, South Yorkshire Police will be releasing details of calls received and information relating to arrests.
Superintendent Peter Norman said: “During the build up to Christmas and continuing over the festive and New Year period, South Yorkshire Police see an increased demand through calls for service.
“The information being communicated through Twitter will raise awareness of the diverse and complex role of policing. This will hopefully enable the public to see, on one of the busiest periods, how much time and resources officers spend policing and keeping the community safe over the festive period.”
The tweets will also be shown on Digi vans, which will be located in prominent places in the town/city centres of Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster.
South Yorkshire police uses Twitter on a regular basis to communicate with the public and the Forces main account @Syptweet now has 19,569 followers. You can follow @Syptweet for the latest South Yorkshire Police news, appeals and crime prevention advice.
The twitterthon is supported by a media campaign called Start thinking reduce your drinking which focuses on a range of messages including drink driving, safe socialising, anti-social drinking and domestic violence. For details of the campaign please visit http://www.facebook.com/shakenandslurred .