Chorley police provided an insight into life on the beat when they held a tweetathon.
Sgt Kevin Mountain and his team used social media websites Twitter and Facebook to tell people more about the incidents they attend and the work they do.
From 7am to 10pm last Tuesday, they posted messages about the work of different parts of the police, using the hashtag #chorleypolicetweet-athon.
Incidents included damage to a bus stop, a car crash, shoplifting and cannabis found at a fast food restaurant.
Officers visited a youth club in Eccleston to talk about activities during the summer and gave advice to shoppers at Chorley Market.
One tweet – about the search for a 15-year-old boy who had left home after being grounded – was retweeted by 18 people.
The tweetathon proved to be popular, with Chorley police gaining around 200 followers on Twitter, taking them past 2,000.
Sgt Mountain said: “Most of the comments were appreciative and they found it quite interesting.
“Even though a lot of the things we were commenting on were what we considered fairly routine, for members of the public it was certainly interesting and they really wanted to know what was going on.
“We are hoping to do some more work and use Facebook and Twitter more in the future.”
Follow Chorley Police on Twitter @ChorleyPolice or at www.facebook.com/chorleypolice.