Thursday, October 14, 2010

UK police force publishes all incidents to Twitter

via AP Top Headlines At 8:16 p.m. EDT by By RAPHAEL G. SATTER on 10/14/10

By RAPHAEL G. SATTER 2010-10-14T13:20:29Z
LONDON (AP) -- From stolen cars to suspicious smells, one of Britain's biggest police forces is posting every incident it deals with over 24 hours to micro-blogging site Twitter....

This is kinda a big deal, despite being a 24 hour event and not an ongoing project. Locally there is a man here in Northampton who updated fb on fires and calls to the area fire departments, which during a rash of arson fires last year I found comfort in following. I wish all departments could do this, or had the technology at their disposal to make this sort of public notification near automatic.

Here are some links related to this story:
Greater Manchester Police page about the project
Twitter accounts:!/gmp24_1!/gmp24_2!/gmp24_3!/gmpolice
Greater Manchester Police's Flickr account