Cheshire Constabulary threw open its virtual doors to the public yesterday to showcase a day in the life of the force.
The live social media event took place over a 24-hour period, and provided an unprecedented insight into the work the Constabulary undertakes to protect victims, engage with communities and deliver justice.
The 'Twitterthon' gave everyone involved with Cheshire's police force their moment in the spotlight, from call takers to custody officers, mechanics to dog handlers, and crime scene investigators to cleaning staff.
It's estimated that more than one million Twitter users were reached during the event, with nearly 900 tweets posted across all Cheshire police accounts using the hashtag #CP24.
Highlights included a look at the intricate work of our forensics team, training exercises for our puppy police dogs, and the important work of the Fleet Services team to keep our officers mobile.
There were also contributions from the Constabulary's human resource department, the Special Constabulary and even the catering staff, whose hearty breakfasts provide the fuel needed for the day ahead.
The action carried on through the night with updates from our custody suites, call handlers and frontline officers. The event finally drew to a close at 7am this morning.
David Keane said: "Over the course of the Twitterthon the Constabulary have been able to connect with residents across our communities and give a real insight into the workings of our police service in Cheshire. I would like to thank all the officers, PCSOs, staff and volunteers who were involved in making #CP24 such a success. I would also like to thank everyone in the Cheshire CARES team and Remedi who supported the tweets going out from my account – it was great to showcase the work undertaken to support and prevent victims in Cheshire."
Chief Constable Simon Byrne, who himself tweeted throughout the day, said: "The Twitterthon was a terrific opportunity for us to show what goes on behind the scenes here in Cheshire, and what keeps the wheels turning around the clock.
"It was like a virtual open day for the force. The success of 999: What's Your Emergency? has firmly put the force in the public spotlight and demonstrated the challenges faced by our frontline officers every day. But I think it's really important that people see all the terrific work that goes on in the background to help our officers meet those challenges, which is what’s making Cheshire among the best police forces in the country.
"I hope those who followed our Twitter feed during the 24 hours found it interesting and perhaps learned something about areas of policing they would not have otherwise even been aware of. This was an innovative way of engaging with our communities, and hailing our unsung heroes. I was delighted with it."
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire David Keane used the opportunity to spread the word of the work Cheshire CARES does to provide support to victims of crime who are often at the lowest point in their lives, and are in need of specialist assistance to help them cope and recover from their ordeal.
You can still view the day in the life of Cheshire Constabulary by following us @cheshirepolice and scrolling back through the tweets. Alternatively, search for the hashtag #CP24.