Bobbies pound a virtual beat

Police are using the internet in a bid to make their Partners and Communities Together (PACT)* meetings more accessible to the public.

Residents are invited on Thursday 17 May 2012 from 7.30pm to 9pm when they can join local officers online to ask the questions that matter to them and tell police their concerns about crime and antisocial behaviour in the first of Oldham East and Town Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team’s virtual public meetings.

Sergeants Nick Derbyshire, Arron Cooper and PC Zahid Iqbal will listen to your concerns and give you feedback on the issues that matter to you the most. They will be joined by Simon Shuttleworth, district coordinator for east Oldham, councillor Shadab Qumer, chair of the district partnership and Paul Griffiths the district environment manager.

Inspector John Morris for the Oldham East and Town Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This is the first time the team have carried out a virtual meeting however we know from speaking to our colleagues at Saddleworth that this is a style of meeting with the community that works. This is because it allows those that aren’t always able to come and speak to us the opportunity to have their say about how we can make their area safer.

“Through our use of social media site, Twitter we know not all residents are able to attend meetings so this virtual contact is an ideal way of engaging with our community with them having to leave their homes.

“However I don’t want people to think that we will no longer hold community meetings and surgeries. These will continue in and around the areas you live in. Please check the website for details of their times and locations.”

Members of the public can log on to and go to the Oldham East Neighbourhood page to take part in the meeting.

People who are not able to go online during the meeting can submit their questions now and the officers will answer them during, or after, the meeting.

Residents living in the St James, St Mary’s, Waterhead and Town Centre areas should contact the Oldham East Neighbourhood Policing Team if they have a neighbourhood policing issue dial 0161 856 9028/8903 or 

To report crime call police on 101 or for more information visit 

You can also call anonymously with information about crime to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity who will not want your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.
© Greater Manchester Police 2018