South Birmingham police launch 24-hour Twitter feed
Officers in south Birmingham operated a 24-hour Twitter feed so the public can follow policing in the city.
From Thursday morning police staff tweeted' on a range of topics including crimes, arrests, calls for help, patrols and meetings with the public.
Ch Supt Phil Kay said he thought it would offer an insight into the work officers carry out on a day to day basis.
A lot can be said in 140 characters, he said.
As well as tweeting specific incidents there were updates throughout the day on how police responded. It was hoped it would be updated every 10 minutes.
Ch Supt Kay said the force was committed to talking and engaging with local communities.
"As such, we are always looking at ways to improve communication and we see Twitter as another tool we can use to achieve this and make ourselves more accessible to local people," he said.
South Birmingham police cover areas such as Quinton, Harborne, Edgbaston, Selly Oak, Weoley Castle, Bournville, Kings Heath, Yardley Wood, Stirchley, Selly Park, Woodgate, Kings Norton, Northfield and Longbridge.
The feed can be found by going to www.twitter.com and searching for bhamsouthpolice.