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Speaking up for young people: PCC invites applications for youth think tank

Public-spirited young people in Nottinghamshire are being invited to become a leading force in the fight against crime in the county.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping today threw down the gauntlet to youngsters wanting to making their communities safer by urging them to sign up for the Nottinghamshire Youth Commission. 

The Commission, which is run in conjunction with social enterprise firm Leaders Unlocked, is looking to recruit 20 enthusiastic individuals from all backgrounds and with diverse interests, to shine a light on young people’s views and champion changes to policing that benefit Nottinghamshire’s younger population.

Last year the Commission spearheaded a four-month youth engagement project across the county, interviewing 1,000 people on six key areas from stop and search tactics and the link between crime and poverty through to drugs, alcohol and sexual harassment and the relationship between police and the younger generation.

The research prompted a series of recommendations to strengthen the relationship between young people and the police and encourage more youngsters to report crime.

Paddy Tipping said: “The Youth Commission is already making a huge impression on the safety agenda, instigating changes that are in the interests of young people across the county.

“Among the many successes of the scheme has been the opportunity for young people to engage in frank and open conversations about policing which have helped us to understand how we can improve satisfaction levels among the younger generation.

 “The Commission’s job is not only to support and inform but also challenge on the policing issues which matter to them and such a role requires a confident and effective communicator. If you want to have a bigger influence over local decision-making and become a voice for a generation of young people then this could be an ideal role for you.”

The PCC is currently inviting young people aged between 14 and 25 to apply for his 2016-17 Youth Commission. Applicants must live in the Nottinghamshire policing area including Nottingham, Bassetlaw, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood, Ashfield, Gedling, Broxtowe and Rushcliffe.

Commission members will be tasked with developing strategies to address urgent community safety issues such as re-offending, strengthen links between police and the public, reduce crime and tackle antisocial behaviour.

Members of the Commission will need to take part in four sessions to be held in October, November, December and January. They will also be invited to provide direct input into the Force.

For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/Get-Involved/Youth-Commission/Youth-Commission-2016-2017.aspx

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Media Enquiries: Sallie Blair 01283 821012

Posted on Monday 15th August 2016
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