A new youth panel putting young people at the heart of police decision-making will launch for the first time this week.
The Nottinghamshire Youth Commission will hold its inaugural meeting on Saturday (October 10), bringing together between 25 and 30 newly appointed Youth Commissioners to give the younger generation a bigger say in community safety and to strengthen the relationship between police and young people.
The idea was developed by Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping in conjunction with social enterprise firm Leaders Unlocked and attracted a huge response following a recruitment appeal in the summer.
A cross-section of young people applied for membership and the final panel includes ex-offenders, victims and witnesses of crime, university students, youth workers, journalists, cadets and aspiring police officers. The Commission also has representation from a wide geographical area and incorporates 16 different postal sectors including Newark, Mansfield, Arnold, Bassetlaw and Retford.
Commissioner Tipping will deliver a speech to formally welcome the youth commissioners during Saturday’s meeting, which takes place at the Nottingham Voluntary Action Centre in the City, before answering questions from the new recruits about crime.
Members will also receive presentations on the purpose of the Commission and the role they will play in community safety as well as being given the opportunity to discuss their personal priorities for local policing.
Commenting ahead of the meeting, Commissioner Tipping said: “I’m delighted so many young people have seized the opportunity to take a proactive role in policing and ensure the decisions I make are in the best interests of Nottinghamshire’s younger population.
“Young people face many different risks and are disproportionately affected by crime. Who better to help us protect the younger generation and understand the threats they face than young people themselves? I’m very much looking forward to working with and listening to the views of those in the Commission to help us set a policing agenda that is mindful of their interests and needs.”
Rose Dowling, director of Leaders Unlocked, added: “This important event will bring the Nottinghamshire Youth Commissioners together for the first time to set their vision and decide their key priorities.
“The team will be made up of young people from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences, including those who have been on the wrong side of the law, and those who are aspiring to work in the police.
“This will be the start of an open and honest dialogue between the Commissioner and young people across Nottinghamshire, which will influence real decisions about policing and crime prevention in the region.”
The Youth Commissioners are all aged between 14 and 25 and will be tasked with developing strategies to address urgent community safety issues such as re-offending, strengthening links between police and the public, reducing crime and tackling antisocial behaviour.
Commissioner Tipping is determined to increase the voice of young people in the county, ensuring they feel valued and empowering them to have a greater say in the decisions which affect them. As part of the Commission’s role, members will carry out engagement exercises with young people living in the county to collect feedback.
Members of the Commission will meet three more times between now and January and will also be invited to provide direct input into the Force.
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Posted on Wednesday 7th October 2015