Police in Stoke-on-Trent will be holding a police and community meeting with a difference next week. On Wednesday 27 October between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm Chief Superintendent Bernie O’Reilly will be on line to chat to local internet users about crime and community safety in Stoke-on-Trent.
Pits n Pots have partnered with Staffordshire Police to help host and run the on-line meeting next week.
We are working closely with our existing on-line community who have the expertise to hold this sort of meeting. We hope that it’s successful and lots of people get involved. We have seen in recent months more and more of our communities using the internet and social media sites Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis to talk about local issues, and over 500 people now follow @policingstoke on twitter.
We work closely with a number of the “Ëœhyperlocal’ web sites to tackle community issues and we hope users of these sites get involved.
This will be an interesting experience, we hold dozens of meetings with our community each week but I know people can’t always get along to meet us but still want to be involved. This is very much a trail to see if our community finds it a good way of discussing what matters to them with the police.
I want to hear about the issues that matter to our communities and I want to have a discussion about how we are doing in tackling those issues and reducing crime.
We are extremely pleased to be working with Staffordshire Police on this project. In the current climate of Government cuts, all organisations need to look at different ways of working, involving, engaging and communicating with their users. Staffordshire Police and especially the Stoke-on-Trent Division are very much at the forefront when it comes to using tools such as FaceBook and Twitter as further ways of communicating with residents.
Using the available social media tools and our experience in this field, we hope we will allow people who may not normally be able to attend Police meetings due to work or time commitments to be able to interact and get involved.
Anyone wanting to get involved either to ask questions or just to view should just come back to http://www.pitsnpots.co.uk from 6.30 pm on Wednesday 27 October to join the live event. The event will be displayed on the front page.
If you are not able to get to a computer to get online but use twitter on your phone, you can ask questions or comment by using tag #askthecommander and we will do our best include them during the meeting.
You are invited to e-mail questions in before the online meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org the questions sent to this address will then be addressed during the meeting.
An archive of the meeting will be available shortly after the event so it can be viewed online on demand.