Sussex Police Chief Constable Martin Richards has pledged to “lift the lid on policing in 2011” as part of a digital project launched today to provide a behind-the-scenes insight into their work.

Using mobile phones, laptops and a free, live video streaming application, the “day in the life” account of Sussex Police's activities will run on the force's website.

During the day-long event, people will interact directly with officers and staff from across the county through video links from police cars, buildings and on the streets.

As part of the Sussex Police People: Live initiative, the public will also be able to join in with webchats, interactive walkabouts where they can direct cameras and on Twitter using the hashtag #SPPlive.

Twelve people from different backgrounds and locations across the force will share their stories about policing in pictures, videos and words.

Participants will have smartphones allowing them to communicate when they are on jobs, providing “an eclectic mixture of observations, stories and feelings” told in their own way.

Live events planned include an interactive forensics lab walkabout, a webchat with Chief Constable Martin Richards, a diving exercise by the force's search unit and attachments with road policing, dogs and neighbourhood response teams.

Follow edited highlights from Twitter, YouTube and other social media as the day progresses via The Argus's Storify of the event.

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