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Cumbria police to host ‘eCops day’

Posted by StreetSafe on December 7, 2010

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Cumbria Constabulary is holding its first ‘eCops day’ next week to help keep local communities safe both online and offline in the lead up to Christmas.

On Wednesday 15th December, Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde will be joined by other police officers and staff who will be opening up online forums to provide advice and answer questions from different members of the community. The day will see the Constabulary open up a series of topics for online debate including policing advice on fraud during the run up to Christmas, crime prevention for businesses, a farmers forum and an hour ‘cop on the spot’ where people can log on and ask any general policing questions.

The first online forum of the day will provide policing advice for primary and secondary schools and is open for all youngsters to join and ask their questions. The children of St. Colomba’s RC Primary School in Barrow-In-Furness have already confirmed that they will be online on the day taking part to ask their questions.

Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde, who is who is renowned as one of the UK’s leading lights in cybercrime within his role as President of the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (POLCYB), said:

“A lot of work goes on by police in Cumbria in the lead up to Christmas to keep our communities safe and ensure they can enjoy the festivities safely. We want to make sure that as many people as possible can access the expertise they need to stay safe and avoid falling foul of criminals both online and offline this Christmas.

“This day has been designed to appeal to as many people as possible and throughout the course of the day we will be opening up debates for local school children and youngsters, as well as providing an opportunity for businesses to log on and ask our force’s fraud expert any questions about how they can protect their business, customers and staff from cybercrime. The last forum of the day is aimed at farmers to ask questions and share aspects of farming crime prevention advice.

“Webchats present a new and exciting way for local people to engage with police officers in a manner and at a time that is most convenient to them. By offering our specialist services and advice throughout the course of a whole day, we hope that people on their lunch breaks, after school or at a time when a problem or issue comes up during a normal course of the day, can log onto Cumbria Constabulary’s website and ask anything they want to from the comfort of their homes, schools, farmhouse or office chairs.”

eCops day is open to anyone and crime prevention prizes for you, your business or school can be won throughout the course of the day.

On Wednesday 15 December you can put your questions to police officers during any of the following webchats:
10am-2pm – Schools

An opportunity for schools and youngsters to ask police officers and members of the Police Authority questions

1pm to 2pm – ‘tis the season to wise up on fraud
Ask questions about protection against fraud when shopping online in the run up to Christmas and to make sure your business is secure

3pm to 5pm – Crime Prevention for Businesses
Crimes committed against businesses can have a very high cost. Join this web chat to make sure that you take appropriate measures in place to protect your business

6pm to 7pm – Cop on the Spot
An hour for you to speak to Cumbria police officers from the comfort of your own home, to ask questions or discuss the policing issues which concern you or your neighbourhood

8pm to 9pm – Farmers Forum
Farmers and residents living in rural communities can join this web chat to ask questions and share aspects of farming crime prevention advice

To join the event and to find out more information please visit: http://www.cumbria.police.uk/online

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