Dated: 18 May 2012
Northumbria Police is giving residents a new way to talk to officers about local issues.
Talk Forums have been set up for each sector across the force which allow online conversations between police and the public.
Neighbourhood Inspectors and Sergeants use their own local forums to give out information about police work in communities, but also as a way of engaging with the people they serve and asking them to get in touch with any issues or concerns.
Residents can sign up to their local Talk Forum by visiting www.northumbria.police.uk/talk. They are then free to browse discussions and topics for their area and get involved in the conversation.
Neighbourhood Inspectors from across Northumbria Police have already started posts. People are encouraged to take a look and join in.
Chief Inspector Steve Readdie, from North Tyneside Area Command, said: "We're always looking for new ways to communicate with our residents and this is an ideal way.
"People can make contact with officers about none urgent matters or simply ask questions about local issues in response to posts made.
"Because it's online, the forum is an easy way for people to get in touch direct from their home computer or smart phone at a time convenient for them."