Police tweet away to hear your questions on the force

Chief Insp Chris Hillery
Chief Insp Chris Hillery
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A senior police officer took to the online realms of Twitter to host a question and answer session on policing.

Chief Insp Chris Hillery believes the session was a success and that speaking to the public on social networking sites gives the county force a great opportunity to interact and build relationships with new people.

Chris Hillery, Northamptonshire Police's new District Commander for Kettering and Corby.

Chris Hillery, Northamptonshire Police's new District Commander for Kettering and Corby.

The district commander for Kettering and Corby said: “With the best will in the world, it’s very unlikely to get 780- odd people to speak to me in a public meeting.

“But on Twitter I have got all these followers who can choose to speak to me and hopefully take an interest in policing.”

Chief Insp Hillery added that some of these people would never be likely to go along to a meeting but over the internet there is a chance they could voice their opinions to him.

The question and answer session took place on Sunday afternoon, with those taking part using the hashtag #KetteringHotSeat.

Chris Hillery, Northamptonshire Police's new District Commander for Kettering and Corby.

Chris Hillery, Northamptonshire Police's new District Commander for Kettering and Corby.

The inspector took questions about a number of issues, including the force’s use of social media, control of the police fleet and Early Morning Restriction Orders on licensed premises.

Chief Insp Hillery said that the issues raised will be taken into consideration but the most pleasing aspect was showing that Twitter can be used to good effect and “gives people a voice.”

The officer hopes these sessions can become a regular occurrence in the future and will encourage other colleagues to do the same and target specific areas.

Chris Hillery, Northamptonshire Police's new District Commander for Kettering and Corby.

Chris Hillery, Northamptonshire Police's new District Commander for Kettering and Corby.

Chris Hillery, Northamptonshire Police's new District Commander for Kettering and Corby.

Chris Hillery, Northamptonshire Police's new District Commander for Kettering and Corby.

Chris Hillery, Northamptonshire Police's new District Commander for Kettering and Corby.

Chris Hillery, Northamptonshire Police's new District Commander for Kettering and Corby.