People can put questions about policing to a top cop.
Cleveland Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Simon Nickless is hosting a ‘Community Click’ web chat tomorrow from 6pm to 7pm.
Police say it is to allow people to find out about the force’s commitment to communities, how bosses are addressing demand and how policing has changed over recent times.
It comes after the force revealed details of reports it receives on a ‘typical day’, including an average of 11 missing person reports per day, which take around 18 hours of police time to resolve.
The force also undertakes proactive work to support 660 high-risk domestic abuse victims, 845 children and young people subject to child protection, and manages around 30 organised crime groups, and around 669 sexual offenders.
Cleveland Police is reviewing neighbourhood policing following a cut in funding and demands from other areas.
Members of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Audit and Governance Committee called on residents to report crime as they will feed into Hartlepool’s statistics which will help Cleveland Police decide where to direct their limited neighbourhood policing resources.
Asst Chief Con Nickless said: “It’s important that we maintain open and honest dialogue with our communities, and the web chat is another way to allow us to engage with people who might not want to or be able to attend a public meeting. I know residents want to hear about these plans and about how we deploy our resources, so I would urge them to log on and put a question forward.”
Log onto www.cleveland.police.uk to take part.