MEMBERS of the public who sent in questions about policing in Cheshire via the form on the force’s annual report, can now see them being answered on video sharing website YouTube.
The unedited questions were put to the Deputy Chief Constable Graeme Gerrard and the chairman of the Police Authority Peter Nurse, during a special question and answer session led by BBC journalist Mike West.
The event was videoed to make it accessible to as many people as possible.
The big issue for residents proved to be the constabulary’s bid to put £3 a month extra on to the average council tax bill, but there were also questions about neighbourhood policing, contacting the force, anti-social behaviour and bureaucracy.
Both Mr Gerrard and Mr Nurse said they found the session challenging and were pleased that people had taken the time to send in the questions.
This is the second time the force has answered questions from the public in this way, and the first Q&A sessions is still available to view online.
Mr Gerrard said: “We always welcome questions from members of the public about the work we do, and there are many ways of telling us what you think including Police Forums and local community action meetings.
“These video Q&A give people the opportunity to ask their questions in the comfort of their own home and actually see them being answered.”
Mr Nurse added: “This is a positive way of hearing people’s views and getting the answers out to as many people as possible.
“By using YouTube to publish the Q&A we are making sure that it is available to as many people as possible.”All three videos can be accessed via the Cheshire Constabulary YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/CheshirePolice