Police chief going online

Jacqui Cheer temporary Chief Constable of Cleveland Police. Picture by FRANK REID
Jacqui Cheer temporary Chief Constable of Cleveland Police. Picture by FRANK REID

A POLICE force’s new chief is going online to reach out to the communities she serves.

Cleveland Police’s Temporary Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer is set to take part in the force’s internet webchat initiative, Community Click.

She will be sitting down in front of a computer between 7pm-9pm, on Tuesday, January 10, where people will be able to click onto the Cleveland Police website and put questions forward.

A wide range of topics are expected to be covered, and Temp Chf Cons Cheer says she is looking forward to hearing from residents.

She said: “I’m really interested to hear about what people think about policing in their local area, and how we can improve on the service we deliver to communities.

“During my first month here, I went out on patrol in all four districts to meet people and get to know the area, but I think it’s also important to engage with people in different ways and make the most of the technology that is available to us.

“Certainly the online webchats in no way replace the traditional meetings we hold in communities. The purpose is to offer an additional way for people to raise any concerns they may have from the comfort of their own home, as not everyone feels confident in asking questions in a meeting.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing from people about how we can help address any issues they may have, or what they think about our service in general.”

People can also submit their questions beforehand via the Cleveland Police website at www.cleveland.police.uk/contact-us/Website-Feedback-Form.aspx

In addition to the webchat Hartlepool’s District Commander, Supt Glenn Gudgeon, is taking questions from Mail readers who have concerns about policing in Hartlepool.

Questions can be submitted through the Mail’s crime reporter Mark Thompson at New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, or via email to mark.thompson@northeast-press.co.uk.

All correspondence should include a daytime contact number as well as a name and address, but anonymity can be guaranteed if requested.