Quiz the police over the net

INTERNET surfers will be able to quiz their local inspector by clicking onto a force website.

Inspector Andy Fox, from Stockton neighbourhood policing team, which covers Wynyard, Billingham and Wolviston, will be clicking-off the first Cleveland Police web chat of 2011.

He will be logging on to answer questions from residents between 7pm and 9pm tomorrow.

Inspector Fox said: "This is an extremely inventive and innovative way to engage with residents from the comfort of their home.

"It brings neighbourhood policing right into the 21st Century and allows people who wouldn't normally think about attending a meeting, the opportunity to put their views and questions forward.

"I hope people log onto the website and chat with me.

"I am really looking forward to taking part."

Community Click was launched as a pilot in July last year by Hartlepool Inspector Dave Toor, with a more recent web chat taking place with Chief Constable Sean Price and Deputy Chief Constable Derek Bonnard in October last year.

The initiative aims to engage with people of all ages, but specifically allows officers to reach out to those who may not be able to attend public meetings due to childcare, being housebound, or those who would not feel confident asking questions in public.

Residents can put questions forward and then click onto the website on the date to take part in the chat by logging onto www.cleveland.police.uk