West Yorkshire Police to reveal alcohol-related incidents in live 'Tweetathon' (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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West Yorkshire Police to reveal alcohol-related incidents in live 'Tweetathon'
10:49am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
Alcohol-related incidents dealt with by West Yorkshire Police are to be revealed as they happen in a live 12 hour ‘Tweetathon’ tonight.
Officers working in towns and cities will be sending out social media messages between 6pm tonight and 6am tomorrow.
It forms part of the ongoing nationwide alcohol awareness campaign entitled ‘In Focus’.
Using the Twitter hash-tag #infocus, members of the public can see the types of incidents that police respond to in their area and how they deal with them.
West Yorkshire Chief Superintendent Simon Willsher is leading the initiative and said: "The Tweetathon really serves to highlight the work conducted by the police and the wide ranging impact that alcohol can have.
"Officers involved in weekend operations in our towns and cities will be sending out facts and figures about any drink related incidents they are responding to.
"For instance, they may reveal how many people have been taken into custody for drink related incidents or the number of people that have been issued with directions to leave a particular area because they are drunk.
"They will also be describing some of the scenarios they face and what they are doing to resolve them, such as seizing alcohol from street drinkers.
"Safety messages will also be issued to ensure revellers consider how much they are drinking and whether they are acting responsibly.
"In the twelve months leading to August 2013 there have been a total of 3071 arrests for those who are drunk and disorderly.
"This is a figure which can certainly be reduced, but relies largely on people understanding their limits.
"By using social media in this way, we hope it will offer an insight in to the pressures it creates on police resources whilst underlining the personal steps people can take to protect themselves from vulnerability."