Police call cen­tre’s six-hour twee­tathon

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THAMES Val­ley Police held a live six-hour ‘twee­tathon’ to high­light calls be­ing made to the Thames Val­ley Police En­quiry Cen­tre.

The @ThamesVP Twit­ter ac­count tweeted ba­sic de­tails of 999 and 101 calls re­ceived by the police en­quiry cen­tre from 5pm to 11pm on Tues­day March 22 us­ing the hash­tag #TVPlive.

Dur­ing the six-hour pe­riod, 3,358 in­ci­dents were re­ceived in­clud­ing 571 emer­gency calls (999) and 2,787 non-emer­gency calls (101).

The vol­ume and va­ri­ety of calls was con­sis­tent with a reg­u­lar Tues­day evening, with de­mand peak­ing be­tween 6pm and 8pm.

The va­ri­ety of in­ci­dents was broad – from do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, bur­glary and road traf­fic col­li­sions to miss­ing peo­ple, as­sault and theft.

Us­ing the hash­tag #TVPlive, a to­tal of 520 tweets were sent, reach­ing 400,935 peo­ple across the Thames Val­ley, the UK and coun­tries fur­ther afield in­clud­ing Es­to­nia, Mada­gas­car, Chile, USA and Canada.

The twee­tathon prompted thoughts and opin­ions from mem­bers of the pub­lic, many sur­prised at the va­ri­ety of in­ci­dents re­ceived on a Tues­day evening, as well as the num­ber of in­ap­pro­pri­ate 999 calls.

Some of mem­o­rable re­ceived were:

“Call Han­dler has just taken a 999 from a male want­ing to know what time

the more tweets it is. #no­tatalk­ing­clock #TVPlive.”

“Dif­fi­cult call for our oper­a­tors – silent 999 call re­ceived, sounds of fe­male in dis­tress – what would you do? #TVPlive.”

“Here we go again – yet an­other re­port of driver watch­ing his iPad whilst driv­ing 70-80mph. Keep your eyes on the road! #TVPlive.”

“Call re­ported a lorry driver watch­ing TV on a lap­top whilst driv­ing HGV on M40. #TVPlive.”

“Re­port of house alarm go­ing off for over an hour. How up-to-date is your key holder list? #TVPlive.”

Su­per­in­ten­dent Gill Woot­ton said: “We hope the twee­tathon has given the pub­lic in­sight into the wide va­ri­ety of jobs our call han­dlers, ra­dio oper­a­tors and of­fi­cers deal with on a daily ba­sis.

“I’d like to thank the pub­lic for get­ting in­volved and we would wel­come ap­pli­ca­tions from peo­ple in­ter­ested in be­com­ing call han­dlers and ra­dio oper­a­tors.

“It is a truly re­ward­ing pro­fes­sion.”

The twee­tathon also served as a re­minder of when it is and is not ap­pro­pri­ate to dial 999.

Al­ways call 999 in an emer­gency.

It is an emer­gency when a crime is be­ing com­mit­ted, there is risk of in­jury or there is a se­ri­ous risk of dam­age to prop­erty, while 101 should be used to re­port a non-emer­gency crime or to give in­for­ma­tion to Thames Val­ley Police.

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