Residents quiz police in live web chat

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Police officers will be live online later today to field questions from people across West Yorkshire.

Residents will be able to find out more about local policing teams in the area in the latest in a summer season of live online webchats.

Chief Inspector Mark McManus, of the Force Performance Improvement Unit, and Chris Joyce, force crime prevention officer, who will be taking part, said they were looking forward to answering questions from the public.

Chief Inspector McManus said: “Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) work with communities and partners to jointly identify local priorities and tackle local issues. Making our communities safer, and feeling safer, is a priority across the force and we want to hear from residents about their involvement with local teams and how we can improve the service we provide on the ground.”

People are being invited to ask questions or watch the hour-long discussion, which starts at 7pm, via the West Yorkshire Police website http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/nptwebchat.

The event will offer people a chance to tell officers what they would like to see from their own Neighbourhood Policing Teams in the future and to find out more about the teams.

Those who want to take part in the webchat can visit the page ahead of the event to set up an automatic reminder via email.

Previous webchats in the series looked at drugs issues and becoming a police volunteer, which West Yorkshire Police said were “very successful” - with one event attracting 160 questions.

Future discussions, which will start at 7pm, will cover euro-cylinder burglary, on Monday, July 22 and bringing offenders to justice on Monday August 5.

The discussions use a free “Cover it Live” discussion system, already regularly used and established by West Yorkshire Neighbourhood Policing Teams for their “ePack” online community meetings.

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