Your chance to quiz police chief

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THE head of Hartlepool Police is set to answer readers’ questions – but there’s still time to add your own.

Hartlepool Mail readers have been invited to put questions to Superintendent Glenn Gudgeon, the District Commander for the town, with answers being published in the Mail.

And the police chief has vowed to be as open and honest with his responses as he can be, but he warns that he won’t be able to talk about sensitive issues or individual cases.

Supt Gudgeon said: “I hope people asking questions will also strengthen our engagement with the community.

“I am very much of the view that I work for the people of Hartlepool. They are my priority.”

Supt Gudgeon has held the top role in Hartlepool for two years after heading the specialist operations unit with Cleveland Police, which includes road policing and the dog and mounted sections, and running the outsourcing project that saw 475 staff members move to private firm Steria.

During his time in the town, he has seen crime fall by around four per cent each year and launched a number of initiatives, including the Mail-backed Respect Hartlepool campaign.

Anyone with a question to put to Supt Gudgeon should contact Mail crime reporter Mark Thompson at mark.thompson@northeast-press. or write to: Mark Thompson, Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool. TS24 8BX.

All correspondence should contain a name, address and daytime contact telephone number. This information must be provided, but anonymity can be guaranteed if requested.