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Commissioner prepares for Youth Council 'question time'

Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner will be in the hot seat at a special Question Time event in Beeston this week, as young people from BroxtoweYouth Council question Paddy Tipping on policing and crime in the county.

Broxtowe Youth Council will welcome the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner to their next meeting at the Town Hall, on Foster Avenue, Beeston, on Tuesday 12th March (1.00pm).

The event will give young people from the Youth Council the opportunity to tell Paddy Tipping how they think the Police should spend its money and ask what’s being done to tackle crimes affecting young people, including everything from mobile phone theft and bullying to anti-social behaviour.

Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, said: “I think it is really important that young people have the opportunity to make their voice heard and get involved in democracy from an early age. I recently held a web chat that was aimed at young people, this was really successful and I found each of the issues raised really interesting.

“It is vital that we engage and consult with local people of all ages and backgrounds in order to shape the provision of policing services in both the city and county. I am looking forward to attending Broxtowe Youth Council’s meeting to hear their views and listen to any ideas they may have to help us to enhance safety in the local area.”

Broxtowe Youth Mayor, Adam Stockwell, 16, from Stapleford, said: “This a great opportunity for the Youth Council members to tell the Police and Crime Commissioner what young people need and what sort of initiatives they would like to see in the future.

“Policing is an important issue and I hope that lots of young people come to the meeting to express their views to get them heard.”

Broxtowe Youth Council is made up of pupils from schools across the borough, who meet three times a year to debate the issues affecting them.

The Youth Council have their own Youth Mayor who represents young people at important events throughout the borough, whilst members of the group also work on exciting projects – such as producing a DVD to tackle alcohol misuse, which appeared on The One Show.

At its meeting, the Youth Council will also learn how they can volunteer at the annual Vibe event in Eastwood, as well as finding out about the range of young peoples’ activities provided by The Prince’s Trust.

If you’re aged 11 to 19, live or go to school in Broxtowe and would like to get involved in the work of the Youth Council, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3278 or email elections@broxtowe.gov.uk

Alternatively, please visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/youthcouncil for more information about the work of the Broxtowe Youth Council.

 

Posted on Monday 11th March 2013
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