PCC joins thousands who get involved in 10 days of live police events

15/08/2013

More than 55,000 people got involved with Sussex Police’s action packed 10 days of live events.

Stations opened their doors, live broadcasts including following the 999 calls in Crawley and webchats on protests and wildlife were just some of the highlights which featured during the 10 days.

The 10 days started with around 75 young people, who had taken part in a competition, visiting Kingstanding to become the police for the day on 25 July. The youngsters got to take part in some of the different aspects of policing including investigating a collision, watching the police dogs, finger printing a crime scene and taking part in a public order scenerio. More than 8,000 people watched the footage streamed live during the day.

In total there were 45,128 views of the unedited footage broadcast live as the action unfolded and 202 webchat messages were received. Around 52,000 people visited the dedicated website during the 10 days to find out what was going on and to watch the highlights of the footage. As well as all the online videos and questions, more than 3,000 people visited the five open days across Sussex where stations opened their doors to show the public the works which goes on.

Looking back on the 10 days, Chief Constable Martin Richards said: “I’m delighted that so many people took the chance to learn more about the reality of policing and got involved by interacting with the webchats and on twitter. 

“In the past it hasn’t been so easy to show people what policing is really like or give them a chance to ask questions and share their views with us. These 10 days has shown our commitment to opening up and being transparent about our work and our desire to provide new ways to keep in touch, really is something the public wants.

“People have a right to know what we do, to question us, share their ideas and see that everything we do is to serve the people of this county. Sussex Police People: 10 days live gave people the opportunity to do just that. This is not the first time we has used the latest technology to show people around the Force but built on the success of the 24 hour live broadcast in October 2011 and we will continue to look for ways to use this technology to interact with people in the future.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who was involved in a number of events over the 10 days said: “I was delighted to join over 70 young people from schools across Sussex, police officers, cadets and staff at Kingstanding for the ‘Be the police for the day’ event. It provided a fascinating insight into aspects of modern policing that are often unseen, including specialist skills such as search, public order and forensics. I was also encouraged to hear several young people being inspired by our cadets to find out more about becoming a police volunteer.

“My monthly Performance & Accountability meeting with the Chief Constable was webcast for the first time during 10 Days Live. The public will also be able to watch future meetings live as they happen and recordings will be able to view on my website.”

All the highlights can still be viewed at www.sussexpolicepeople.co.uk

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