Police Across Yorkshire Taking Part in 'Mad Friday' Tweetathon
Friday, 20th December, 2013
Twas the Friday before Christmas and all across the land, police officers were called out to reports that things had got out of hand.
Between 12noon and 12midnight this Friday, 20 December, the four Yorkshire and Humberside Police forces will be tweeting details of incidents that are reported to them to help local residents understand the variety and quantity of calls that officers deal with at this time of year.
The Friday before Christmas, known as 'Mad Friday', is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and violent crime.
Police in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Humberside will be issuing tweets from their accounts about the type of calls they receive and the incidents they are attending. To read the messages follow: #WYtweetmas, #SYtweetmas, #NYtweetmas and #HPtweetmas. Click here to view West Yorkshire's Tweets.
Chief Inspector Jaene Booth said: "Unfortunately while Christmas should be a time for celebrations with friends and family, we know all too well from past experience that some people take these celebrations too far and end the night ill, injured or in a police cell.
"We will be tweeting crime prevention advice and a snapshot of the calls we receive from midday through the afternoon as people start leaving work and in to the evening as the drink really starts to take its toll. I think the public will be surprised by the number and variety of calls we receive. Our hope is by getting an insight in to the situations that other people get themselves in to this will help others think about their own behaviour.
"We want people to be able to enjoy the festive season safely and I would remind people again to plan their nights out, stick together, make prior arrangements for safe transport home and not to make themselves vulnerable through binge-drinking."
The tweetathon is part of West Yorkshire Police's Be Safe This Christmas campaign which is highlighting a number of the issues that the Force tends to see an increase in over the festive period including violent crime, domestic abuse, drink driving and theft.
Further information and advice on how to Be Safe This Christmas is available on the West Yorkshire website at: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/besafe
West Yorkshire Police use social media throughout the year to communicate with the public to give crime prevention advice and issue news and appeals for information. The corporate account has over 33,000 people connected to it, with over 10,000 new followers since Christmas last year.