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Derbyshire Police to offer virtual surgeries

Derbyshire residents are being urged to share their concerns with police officers online, as part of the first virtual surgery in the county.

People can log in to the live surgery via the police website and ask questions or raise concerns about issues in the area they live in.

The first surgery is for residents in the Long Eaton west area and is being held on Tuesday at 1900 BST.

Future surgeries will be held for the Alfreton, Duffield and Codnor areas.

Ch Insp Graham McLaughlin said the virtual surgeries would not replace face-to-face meetings currently held in communities.

"We already hold a number of meetings and drop-in police surgeries in the community in places such as libraries and church halls.

"The virtual surgeries mean that you can stay home, log on to the internet and find out more about police work in your area, or ask any questions you might have about policing issues such as anti-social behaviour or burglary."

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