myGMPPublished 02/21/2013 08:49:09 AM
#myGMP returns – could you be our next community reporter?
Greater Manchester Police is looking for its next group of community reporters to go on patrol with officers.
This time people can spend time with a wider range of officers including neighbourhood policing teams and some of the specialist operations teams including the dog section and traffic officers.
What do you need?
You need to be:
- interested in policing in your local area
- willing to give up a few hours to go out with officers
- able to blog, post or tweet about your experiences
- 16 or over
All we ask is that you approach the patrol with an open mind and that you are prepared to write and share your experience with others.
We are looking to organise patrols in the next couple of months so please register your interest soon using the form.
DCC Ian Hopkins said: “It is nearly two years since we started the community reporter initiative and it has given many people a real insight into policing. We are now looking for the next group of reporters to share their thoughts.”
If you want to know what it is like check out what Kirsty got up to when out on patrol in Wythenshawe.
I am Kirsty Ashton and I live in Wythenshawe with my parents. I am a regular Twitter user and follow my local GMP Wythenshawe.
Not long ago they put a call out asking for local people to fill out an online form to become a community reporter. I did just this and within two weeks I was out on the beat with Officer Debbie Wright.
I did not know what to expect this evening, but what I can tell you is, that I felt really welcome and we got on great. I had a tour of the station and met several of the other officers who were just as nice. I had a look at some of the jobs we would be dealing with.
We went in the police car, and went to a few areas where we dealt with an investigation and antisocial behaviour. It was great to see how Officer Debbie Wright handled each situation differently and how each situation was dealt with.
I am looking forward to going back on the beat with Debbie in a few months’ time, and it would be great to film different things whilst I am on the beat to show you what it is like. I had a fantastic time, not only does it increase your awareness of what is going on in your local area but it improves the respect with your local force.
I’d advise anyone to do this. If you would like to get in touch and nominate yourself you can do this by filling in the form of on the GMP website.