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New faces wanted to become youth activists on policing

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PCC Paddy Tipping with members of his Nottinghamshire Youth Commission

Young people are being given a fresh opportunity to get involved in public life by joining Nottinghamshire’s award-winning youth think-tank on policing.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping launched a new recruitment campaign today (TUES) to identify the next cohort of youngsters for his nationally-recognised Youth Commission.

The Commission, which was launched in 2015 in conjunction with social enterprise firm Leaders Unlocked, encourages young people to play a high-profile role in community safety and help steer the decisions that impact on the safety of their peers.

This month, the Commission published its Final Report to the PCC outlining the work it has completed throughout 2017-18 including the findings of its recent engagement work and the progress being made to tackle its six key safety priorities; Night-time Safety, Confidence and Diversity in the Police, Hate Crime, Sexual Offences, Rehabilitation and Education and Crime Prevention.

The report also details its key achievements during the year including its ‘top three’ finish in the National Crimebeat Awards for the ‘Know Your Rights’ film which it produced to shine a spotlight on young people’s rights when stopped and searched by police.

“I’m really excited to be recruiting some new faces to the Commission to further the positive working going on to tackle crime,” said Mr Tipping.

“Youth Commission members are taking on increasing responsibility in their roles and many have participated in interview panels during the year to support the recruitment of a range of senior policing roles including the Chief Constable!

“This work has been so successful that Commission members are now advising the Force on a whole host of important issues including the use of Taser and stop and search as well as attending formal scrutiny meetings.

“It’s so important we listen to young people today and respect their ideas and experiences. Young people will eventually inherit our communities and the problems within them which is why we need their knowledge and support now to develop solutions.

“Panel members are encouraged to challenge top decisions and the people behind them so it’s not for the faint-hearted. But if you want to make a real difference and have a bigger role to play in public life then this is your perfect opportunity.”

Youth Commission member Ammaarah Karim said: “I feel really honoured to be part of this project. It has increased my faith in the police and made me realise that many police officers have our best interests at heart. 

“I was previously of the view that my community couldn't trust the police due to stories that were being passed around. 

“As a Muslim, it meant a lot to me that officers are willing to hear us and want to implement change, especially with the threat of the far-right. This has also increased my interests in politics and the hope I gained from the project has transferred to me attending hate crime debates etc involving officers and Paddy with hope that real change can be made and officers are willing to hear our voices. 

“It has also helped with my confidence. In school, I have always been excused from having to deliver presentations in front of my class mates due to my struggles with confidence. Shockingly, despite still being incredibly anxious and shy, my dedication to NYCC gave me the confidence to talk as part of the conference in a large room of people I didn't know. My faith in officers, hope for change, increased confidence and increased interest in politics have stemmed from NYCC and I'm very grateful to have been part of this project."

Natalya Burridge, another member of the Commissioner, added: “The Youth Commission has aided my personal development in many ways than one. Throughout my time on the project, I have had the chance to develop my confidence, public speaking and knowledge associating different police issues around Nottinghamshire. It is a privilege to be a part of the Youth Commission and I am excited to embark on deeper next year.”

The PCC is looking for up to 15 new members aged between 14 and 25 from the Nottinghamshire policing area including Nottingham, Bassetlaw, Mansfield, Newark, Sherwood, Ashfield, Gedling, Broxtowe and Rushcliffe. 

Ideally, applicants will be team players and will be willing to get involved in all activities associated with the Youth Commission. The PCC is particularly keen to ensure a diverse membership which reflects the population of Nottinghamshire including volunteers who may have direct personal experience of the police and the criminal justice system.

During 2017-18, the Youth Commission actively engaged with more than 2,100 young people across the county in 70 peer-led engagement events including workshops and outreach stands on college and university campuses.

The Commission put particular effort into interacting with harder-to-reach groups of young people including carrying out workshops and interviews with looked-after children, young people in supported housing, young carers and young offenders.

Young people interested in becoming part of the Commission have until Monday 24th September 2018 to apply. More information and documents on the website

The NYC Annual Report can be downloaded here https://bit.ly/2PfRifb

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Media enquiries:  Sallie Blair 01283 821012

Posted on Tuesday 28th August 2018
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