Many young people still feel reluctant to report crime to the police, the early findings of a major youth engagement project have revealed.
Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping met with members of the Nottinghamshire Youth Commission on Saturday <January 30) to discuss the feedback received so far from the Big Conversation project.
Members of the Commission, which was set up by the PCC in conjunction with social enterprise firm Leaders Unlocked, have held more than 400 conversations with young people living in Nottinghamshire about policing and crime.
Some of the findings so far suggest many young people are still reluctant to report crime and have called for the process to be made more ‘youth friendly’. Other young people are concerned about stop and search tactics, a lack of police presence in some areas which made them feel unsafe and the need for greater diversity within the force.
The early findings also suggest young people are unsure how to access support for drugs and alcohol and are unaware how to report incidents or concerns over substance misuse.
Commenting on the early results, Mr Tipping said: “The Big Conversation has already provided us with a valuable insight into how young people view the work of the police and what they think we can do better and I’m looking forward to receiving the full results.
“As Commissioner, it’s vitally important that all our communities and social groups are given a say in the future of their county and young people make up a significant proportion of our population.
“We will use the findings of the youth engagement work to deliver more targeted communication work, increasing awareness of the facilities in place to report crime and the work we are doing to deliver balance and fairness in the workplace and operationally in terms of stop and search.
“I recognise this is a very worrying area for young people but it is one in which we are making significant progress, thanks to intense monitoring and officer training. Nottinghamshire is now among the top performing forces in the country for arrest and positive outcome rates for stop and search, demonstrating more effective use of these powers.”
In March, Commission members will be presenting the full results to more than 1,000 young people at a conference with senior officials from Nottinghamshire Police, the PCC, partner agencies and local youth organisations.
A total of 25 young people have been selected to sit on the Commission from a variety of backgrounds and from 16 geographical areas.
Zion Morgan, 14, from Wollaton in Nottingham: “I got involved because I felt that different ethnicities were underrepresented in today’s society so I wanted to break the stereotypes."
Kathrine Tremayne, 16, from Mansfield: I got involved to change the way the police force polices the community I live in and how it effects the youth of my area.”
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Posted on Wednesday 3rd February 2016