From stolen cars to suspicious smells, one of Britain's biggest police forces is tweeting every incident it deals with over a 24 hour-period to prove a point.
The online Twitter campaign aims to show the pressures that police are under as British officials prepare for deep budget cuts.
The project, which began at 5:00 a.m. Thursday, has already racked up more than 1,300 different incidents. Among the first tweets: An alert about a stolen vehicle thought to be headed for Manchester, the arrest of an aggressive shoplifter, and a report that "a man appears asleep at bus stop.''
Many tweets covered domestic incidents, traffic accidents, stolen cars and missing people. There were calls about animals, complaints about a man urinating against a school wall, and a report of someone smoking on an incoming flight to Manchester Airport.
There were also dozens of false alarms.
We aren't big fans about starting up a "twitter" unit - people would start calling them "twits" in short order - but maybe the Crystal Ball Unit could "twitter" in their spare time seeing as how they haven't predicted anything yet aside from two Bears victories. 5.5 million "tweets" are a lot of event numbers.