South Yorkshire Police has defended a social media campaign urging members of the public to report hurtful incidents - even if they are not crimes.
Tweets sent out by the force on Sunday generated masses of online debate because they called for "non-crime hate incidents" to be reported to police.
Many of the thousands of responses suggested that such issues are simply not police matters.
Today, South Yorkshire Police has told ITV that the force is pursuing the possibility of prosecuting some of those responsible for offensive replies to its original tweets.
The social media campaign was promoted following an incident in which a man was stabbed in Barnsley town centre last week, which the force had said was misreported to provoke hateful and racist comments.