Organising police station open days and using Leicestershire’s universities to get voluntary support were among suggestions made by young people to the County’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lord Willy Bach last week.
Members of Leicestershire’s Youth Commission were invited to meet the PCC to tell him how they think he can meet the five priorities he has set in his Police and Crime Plan 2017 – 2021 which was launched in March.
The event saw a range of interesting ideas put forward to feed into the PCC’s five key strands of opportunity that he has labelled “the five Vs” – Viable Partnerships, Visible Policing, Victim Services, Vulnerability Protection and Value for Money.
Better use of free resources such as social media sites was one of the ideas that came up during the Value for Money discussion and recruiting Community Volunteers was put forward as a way of helping protect the vulnerable.
The police station open days idea was put forward during the discussion about Visible Policing and the use of awareness-raising videos, specifically in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) came up under Victim Services.
Commenting on the event, Lord Bach said:
“I welcome discussion around ways in which everyone in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can work together to reduce crime and reassure people and the members of the Youth Commission had some excellent ideas.
“We will be looking at the notes taken during the session and seeing how we might develop some of the suggestions made.”
Leicestershire Youth Commission allows young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to support and challenge the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Leicestershire Police.
It enables young people to become a part of the solution, rather than being seen as part of the problem.