#Suffolklive set to expose police demand in county

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Suffolk Constabulary will be hosting a 24-hour Tweetathon this week, with the aim of demonstrating the breadth of demand facing police.

The event will be held on Thursday 17th December and will run for 24 hours from 7am.

The Constabulary has recently announced changes to its policing model in response to the savings challenge, but also in response to the change in demand it faces and it is hoped that the tweetathon will demonstrate this to members of the public.

Tweets will be issued from the Constabulary’s @SuffolkPolice account using #Suffolklive.

A team of staff and officer volunteers will be based in the control room and will tweet basic details of live calls as they come into the force. The aim will be to tweet information relating to as many calls as possible.

Chief Inspector Matt Rose, who will be coordinating the event said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for us to show members of the public the demand facing police across a 24-hour period.

“There are a lot of misconceptions about the calls we receive and the work that we do, and it may be a shock for some people to see that the majority of people calling us are not ringing about crime.

“Every day our control room operators receive calls on a range of issues relating to mental health, vulnerability and requests for information, alongside calls reporting crime or from people needing urgent help.

“A number of calls also come into us which should be dealt with by other agencies so we will also use the event to raise awareness of the right phone numbers to use for a range of situations.”