Police to hold online community meeting later this month
2:08pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
POLICE in the Barton, Tredworth and White City area of Gloucester will be the first in the county to hold an online community meeting later this month.
Local residents will be given the chance to air their views and ask questions of officers without the need to leave their own homes.
The move comes in a bid to boost interaction with the public in the area and set policing priorities that will do the most to improve life for residents.
Those who want to take part will need to register at www.bartonstreetpolice.forumchitchat.com and then visit the website for the live chat between 6pm and 8pm on Monday October 28.
All officers in Barton, Tredworth and White City have access to the forum and will be ready on the night of the 'virtual' meeting to respond to queries and concerns as they come in.
The forum is also available at all other times for people to visit and post questions. The local policing team will aim to respond to questions posted there within 24 hours.
Police Sergeant Tim Wood said: “This won’t replace regular community meetings – it will just complement them and give us an extra channel of information.
“We really want to make sure that we’re listening to as many people as we can and ensuring our actions are as representative of the community as a whole as possible.
“Many people don’t want to come to a meeting but will engage in this way so we think this will be a valuable tool in our armoury.
“Online forums have worked elsewhere in the country and I am sure will work here.
“You don’t need to give any personal details when you sign up and it couldn’t be easier so we would urge people to join us.”
Posters are now being posted in the Barton area to publicise the forum, along with a QR code that will take people directly to the website.