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Thursday 28 March 2013

Public support police tweet-a-thon


Cheshire Police joined more than 100 other forces around the world in a ‘tweet-a-thon′ to increase awareness about the work of the police.

The social media marathon ran for 24 hours, starting at 8am on Friday 22 March, using the hashtag #poltwt.

The tweets provided a snapshot of what was happening across the force during this time, with a focus on anti-social behaviour and alcohol abuse.

More than 100 tweets were made from the Constabulary Twitter account during the event. They were retweeted more than 300 times and received more than 200 replies.

The event resulted in a 10% increase in the number of followers on the account.

Front line officers from the neighbourhood policing teams contributed during the day and custody suites tweeted about alcohol incidents throughout the night.

The Force Control Centre was also involved, tweeting about 999 calls and real-time alcohol incidents as they came in.

Deputy Chief Constable Helen King said: "The tweet-a-thon was an excellent opportunity for us to engage with the public and raise awareness about what we do as a force.

"The response from the public was overwhelmingly positive and it was pleasing to see social media being used to reach out to the communities that we serve."

"Thank you to everyone who was involved in making it a success."

The event was also used to raise awareness about Cheshire Police campaigns, including the ‘Think! Car′ drink drive campaign and the ‘Rape Shatters Lives′ campaign.

For more information about the campaigns, visit the Cheshire Police website:

To follow Cheshire Police on Twitter, visit

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