Safeguarding Week Tweetathon (20 Oct 2016)

West Yorkshire Police, the British Transport Police and Crimestoppers will be taking to Twitter this weekend as part of Safeguarding Week.

They'll be carrying out a 24 hour Tweetathon publicising examples of safeguarding calls that come in. The Tweetathon will take place from 7am on Friday, 21st October till 7am on Saturday, 22nd October. 

Call Handlers tweeting during the 24 hours will be raising awareness of what sort of safeguarding calls the Forces deals with in a typical 24 hour period. 

Tom Donohoe, Customer Contact Centre Head, said: "We hope this Tweetathon demonstrates the sort of calls we are dealing with on a day to day basis and particularly at weekends. Safeguarding calls include those about domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, forced marriage and sexual assault. 

"The Force has specialist officers who can support the victims and tackling these types of crime remains a priority for West Yorkshire Police and British Transport Police." 

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said: "We continue to put victims, particularly those that are most vulnerable, first. It is important that we continually look towards new and innovative ways of reaching our communities and raising awareness of these critical safeguarding issues.

"Supporting victims and witnesses continues to be a central feature of my Police and Crime Plan and this use of social media undoubtedly helps to achieve that. 

"I hope this work brings an increased focus on these priority areas, highlighting the avenues of assistance available." 

Gemma Wilson, Regional Manager for the independent Charity Crimestoppers commented: "Crimestoppers takes calls and online forms, completely anonymously, to help tackle crime. Anybody can report information that they know, and reporting any issue relating to safeguarding can make a huge difference to someone's life. We want people to do the right thing and tell us what they know." 

A series of events are being held across West Yorkshire throughout the week to highlight safeguarding issues and give advice to members of the public. 

For more information please visit https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/safeguardingweek16 or follow our tweets - #WYSafeguardingWk

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