LIVE: Essex Police reveal hundreds of emergency jobs in 24-hour ‘Tweetathon’
PUBLISHED: 10:09 10 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:25 10 August 2018
Essex Police are broadcasting a day in the life of an control room supervisor to raise awareness of a crucial campaign.
The live ‘Tweetathon’, which commenced at 6am today, involves officers tweeting out emergency calls made to the control room in an effort to highlight the demand on the force.
It is part of Essex Police’s More Time to Fight Crime campaign, which aims to raise awareness of unnecessary 999 calls which waste resources and hinder responses to real emergencies.
The force said it receives around 400 hoax or inappropriate emergency calls each month, including one lady who complained that her Nando’s chicken was undercooked.
It stressed that the number increases in summer, with the peak-season problem comparable to the NHS’ ‘winter crisis’.
Keep up to date with the Tweetathon here.