Some months ago we established a Twitter based chat about policing and communication known as #polchat. It helped to bring people together and shared some good practice about the work going on within police forces. Among the things discussed were using social media, public meetings, location-based actions. That was useful but as with all things, it needs to change, adapt and improve – so what next for Polchat?
There are a number of questions that need to be answered and that is where I need your help. We need feedback on the chat to look at what the next steps need to be.
Firstly, do people still feel it will be useful to discuss policing and communication issues? And if so then is Twitter still the right vehicle for the chat? It could be that the knowledge database run by the National Policing Improvement Agency is an alternative, or how about using Linked In?
The time of Polchat was always 1pm on Thursday but for many people there are lunchtime meetings that mean getting involved is difficult. So would it be better to move it to 8pm on a weeknight? Are people keen to still discuss work related issues outside of working hours?
And how do we encourage more involvement in the subject areas? Should the chat focus on the work of one force or unit and ask them to take questions? Would people prefer it to be a more general opportunity to chat?
I personally, feel that it is a useful opportunity to link with police forces at home and abroad to consider what people are doing, what we could be doing and to help to develop communication. It is an opportunity for all forces to take part, and also those that are not directly involved in policing. Each of the polchats has been enlightening in some way for me. I want to see it remain and be relaunched as something that people value and want to take part in.
The future of polchat is now in your hands so let me know what you want to see it develop into and we can then look to relaunch in the next few weeks.