LEADERS from Hartlepool’s key organisations came face to face with the public in a bid to involve the community more in local matters.
Around 40 people went along to the Face the Public event, which saw representatives from Hartlepool Borough Council, Cleveland Police, Cleveland Fire Brigade and the Probation Service come together.
Community safety was the theme for the event, which also included a short presentation from Cleveland Police and the work of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership – a multi-agency organisation that works together to make Hartlepool a safer place.
The event was chaired by Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond, who also chairs the Safer Hartlepool Partnership.
Mayor Drummond said: “This was an opportunity for local people to come along and put any questions that they may have on a community safety theme to representatives from all of the key agencies.
“It would have been good to have a few more people there but people tend to come to these sorts of events when there is a problem.
“Within the context of the presentation from the police and the partnership and the feedback, the view was that things are going extremely well.
“Crime is the lowest it has been and we are making tremendous strides in all areas.”
He added that it was also a chance for organisations to explain to members of the public the challenges they face and how they intend to tackle them.
A question and answer session followed the presentations.
Mayor Drummond said upcoming themes for Face the Public events could include housing, the economy and health.
He added: “These are all important issues for the town.”
The event was held at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, off Maritime Avenue.