Derbyshire tweeters will have the chance to make history on Monday by becoming the first people in the county to ask questions electronically at Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles’ Strategic Governance Board meeting.
Mr Charles and Chief Constable Mick Creedon will, for the first time, not only be open to questions from the public who attend the meeting in person but also be taking and answering queries virtually via Twitter @DerbysPCC or @DerbysPolice or using #askSGB in the question.
“Opening up our question and answer sessions in this way will allow more people to put their questions or concerns to us during our 30-minute Q & A session,” the Commissioner said.
“I know there are people who, for all sorts of reasons, are unable to come to the meetings but would like to ask us then and there about policing in the county. Hopefully, some of these people will make good use of the chance to be with us in spirit if not in body.”
The monthly SGB meetings are among the most important on the policing chiefs’ calendars, and are held at different locations around the county. Monday’s meeting will be at Police HQ in Butterley Hall, Ripley.
Mr Charles pointed out: “Being open to the public, it enables our residents and people who work in Derbyshire to see for themselves how I carry out my responsibilities in holding the Chief Constable to account for performance. My aim is always to make my decision-making as transparent Is possible.”
The first online ‘surgery’ will open its virtual doors at 2pm on Monday at the start of the meeting. A pilot scheme agreed by the Commissioner’s Office and the Force, it will run alongside the ‘Ask the PCC/Chief session.’ Tweeters are advised to send in questions during the meeting by no later than 2.15pm to allow time for a response.
Members of the public are also invited to submit questions that can be asked on their behalf at the meeting. These should be submitted to the Chief Executive (David.Peet.16406@Derbyshire.PNN.Police.UK) by 5pm on the Friday preceding an SGB meeting. Although specific cases are not able to be discussed in the meeting, they are followed up by senior representatives from the Force.
Key items on the agenda for discussion include a financial update, a proposal regarding the Living Wage and the Chief Constable’s Scorecards. Reports include one on anti-social behaviour and another on the code of practice for victims of crime.
Anyone wishing to attend the meeting in person is very welcome to do so.