Norwich police chief to hold first live web chat

A police chief will be aiming to put people in the picture about crime in the city next week as part of Norfolk Constabulary's first ever live web chat.

Superintendent Paul Sanford, pictured, who is responsible for policing in Norwich, will be available online between 4pm and 5pm on Monday to answer questions, listen to concerns and talk about policing issues in the city.

Participants simply need to log on on to the Norfolk Constabulary website and follow the link to the live chat, where questions can be posted direct. The constabulary is using free software to provide the service, offering a convenient alternative to public meetings.

Supt Paul Sanford said: 'Online meetings are becoming increasingly popular as they give people direct access to the police from the comfort and convenience of their desk or home. Anyone who wants to know more about policing in Norwich, raise an issue or simply watch the chat unfold is welcome to join me online on Monday.'

The CoveritLive software, used successfully by many other police forces, allows participants to post questions or comments online which are duly answered by the host for everyone to see.

A moderator is used to filter questions and, where necessary, respond directly to participants if they are not appropriate for a public forum.

Following Monday's session, it is intended to roll this out elsewhere in the county.

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