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Bobbies in Barking and Dagenham are ‘on the Tweet’ for 12 hours

PUBLISHED: 12:14 03 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:23 03 February 2015

Sergeant Gary Routh at Barking and Dagenham Police. The police will be live tweeting about events in the borough all day on Thursday, February 5

Sergeant Gary Routh at Barking and Dagenham Police. The police will be live tweeting about events in the borough all day on Thursday, February 5

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Want to know what a typical police day looks like? Now’s your chance.

Barking and Dagenham police are hosting a live “Twitterthon” on Thursday, inviting tweeters to follow events as they unfold.

The aim is to encapsulate a day in the force as people phone in with emergency 999 calls and non-emergencies via the 101 number.

“We want to give our followers an insight into our work, showing them what their police officers deal with on a daily basis,” said Sgt Gary Routh.

“This is a real opportunity to highlight the volume and variety of calls we deal with every day and to showcase the great work by our officers, which is done behind the scenes and not often seen by the community.”

The bobbies will use Twitter’s 140 characters to provide updates on incidents as they come in during the 12-hour event – which was tech-friendly Gary’s own idea. It’s the first time Barking and Dagenham police have done anything like this – but the sergeant hopes it will turn into a regular occurrence.

“People will get the general gist of what we deal with,” he told the Post.

“Some might be calls where you’d think, ‘Why have they called the police?’ showing sometimes it’s not the right use of it.

“We police ‘by consent’, so it’s important we are open and transparent at all times.”

The police will also use the event as a witness appeal, calling for people to come forward and help with an investigation.

And followers will also be able to tweet a question using the hashtag #MPSBarkDagLive.

The “Twitterthon” will take place between 9am and 9pm. You can follow it using the hashtag #MPSBarkDagLive


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