Police officers go online to help pupils at Rothbury school

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Police in Northumberland have been giving advice to pupils online.

Officers from the Alnwick Neighbourhood Policing Team held an online chat with pupils from Dr Tomlinsons Middle School.

Four classes took part in the chat and pupils could post questions to police about crime and safety advice.

There were more than 350 posts and Sgt Neville Wharrier and community safety officer Judith Dodds took to the keyboard to reply to them.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said: “This is an excellent example of how technology can help keep us connected to young people in our community. We do have to look at how we engage with all people in our communities and younger people are using online media more and more. It also gave us the opportunity to teach them about staying safe online and what is good practice when communicating with others online.”

Officers answered questions from the pupils about what police do to respond to thefts from farms, how old do you have to be to be a Cadet, how do deaf people contact the police and what was the worst crime they had dealt with. The officers also spoke to pupils about hate crime and their understanding of it.

For more information about the Alnwick Neighbourhood Policing Team, contact police on 101 or search ‘Alnwick NPT’ online.