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Young ideas on PCC’s Five “Vs”

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.

[Source / photo.: Office of the P.C.C.]

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Wanted: young people to join Youth Commission on Police & Crime

pcc-willy-bachThe search is on for 30-40 young people living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland to join the County’s Youth Commission to advise on police and crime issues affecting young people.

Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach says the role helps to shape the way in which policing is delivered, breaking down some of the traditional barriers between the police and young people to help make the relationship one of trust and partnership.

He said

“Young people are a huge part of our community, it’s really important that we listen to their views. Their feedback helps us to understand – and act upon – the things that impact on the relationship between the police and younger members of our community.”

Speaking at the start of Youth Awareness Week, the Commissioner continued:

“We are urging young people aged 14-25, including those who may have direct experience of the police and justice system to apply.

“We want to ensure that the Youth Commission reflects the diversity of the local population as they will be ambassadors to other young people, giving them a voice that will help make a difference to policing and crime where they live.”

Established in 2013, the Youth Commission has undertaken various projects including the ‘Big Conversation’, which saw consultation with more than 1800 young people.

This identified several areas for the Commission’s focus, including knife crime, drug crime and antisocial behaviour.

The Commission was called upon to talk to young people in Countesthorpe earlier this year, following a spike in reports of antisocial behaviour. Their findings have been an important element in seeking a solution.

Explaining a little more about the role Willy Bach said:

“It’s important that we continue to communicate effectively with young people, so that we deliver services in a way that is appropriate for them while reducing crime and antisocial behaviour, to keep everyone in our communities safer.”

He added:

“Being part of the Youth Commission is a two-way street, bringing advantages and benefit to members as well as to policing and our communities. Members will, for example, meet new people, learn from new experiences and gain new skills such as in social research which they will be able to include in their CVs and applications for further or higher education.”

Members will, during 2017, be involved in a raft of activities that include taking part in Youth Commission sessions and working on special topics such as stop and search, tackling anti-social behaviour, and preventing and tackling cyber and drug crime.

They will also be tasked with carrying out research with other young people in schools, colleges, universities and youth groups as well as working in a team to design and plan events to engage with other young people. There will also be opportunities to get involved in community policing events.

The recruitment campaign coincides with Youth Takeover Day 2016, which encourages young people to get involved in decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views.

Closing date for applications is Friday 25 November, with interviews then held in various locations.

Successful applicants will be informed by Friday 16 December. Unsuccessful applicants will also be informed at this time, and invited to join in as part of the wider research group.

Anyone interested in joining the Youth Commission should visit the website http://www.leics.pcc.police.uk/Take-Part/Youth-Commission/Recruiting-for-2016-2017.aspx