The systems have been checked and the fingers are being limbered up ready for tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) Open Mike night when senior officers in Staffordshire will be answering questions from the community.
Every day across the county officers and PCSOs are speaking to local residents about the issues that matter to them. This ranges from formal meetings in community centres to informal street-corner meetings and drop-in surgeries - not forgetting, of course, officers meeting people as they proactively patrol communities.
The second Open Mike Night event is an opportunity for people to speak to the force’s most senior officers about the issues that matter. It will involve Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, Deputy Chief Constable Douglas Paxton, Director of Resources Graham Liddiard and Assistant Chief Constables Julian Blazeby and Jane Sawyers.
Staffordshire Police have made it easier than ever to take part in the event. To see what is being discussed simply visit the Staffordshire Police website and click on the Open Mike link. The comments will then appear on the screen and there will be a box on the display to allow anyone to take part by asking a question or making a comment.
To make it easier to follow the conversation the questions and answers will be posted as closely together as possible. The member of the executive team best suited to answer the particular issues raised will do. There will also be a number of polls to take part in as the event progresses.
The event will simultaneously run on a number of other sites including local newspaper websites, local community group websites and even the force’s own Facebook site, all of which allow anyone to post questions.
Mr Cunningham said: “I am keen to be as open and accessible as possible through these on-line events which are extremely popular with our communities. On this Open Mike Night my colleagues in the force executive team will be joining me so we can respond to even more comments than last time.
“Every day across Staffordshire our officers and staff are talking to people about the issues that affect them; this is another opportunity to ask questions about the way we are working to keep everyone safe and reassured.”
Open Mike Night takes place on Wednesday 18 April from 6pm until around 7.30pm on Whitehill Online.