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Chance for young people in Lichfield and Burntwood to have their say on policing issues

Young people in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to help shape the future of policing.

Matthew Ellis and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold with members of the Youth Commission

Matthew Ellis and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold with members of the Youth Commission

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis is looking for new members to join the Staffordshire Police Youth Commission.

The group, made up of people aged 14 to 25, has been running for a year and meets quarterly to discuss how to tackle issues affecting young people.

Commissioner Ellis said: “It’s important the needs and the voices of youngsters are serviced by young people themselves.

“The first year was both rewarding and exciting for our young members. We hope a new intake will add further fresh impetus, bring new ideas and continue the excellent work of our current group.”

The Youth Commission’s first year report identified the biggest challenges for youngsters, including knife and gang crime, cyber bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, and educating youngsters about police work.

Rose Dowling – director of Leaders Unlocked, which runs the Youth Commission on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s behalf – is looking forward to welcoming new members.

“We’re looking for a diverse group of young adults who truly reflect the youth population, including those from marginalised and under-represented groups.

“This is a unique opportunity for young people to play a leadership role working alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner and the police to address pressing problems such as knife crime, hate crime and mental health that affects the lives of so many young people.”

For more details, visit the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.

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  1. Darryl

    16th November, 2017 at 8:01 am

    “What would you like the police to tackle?”

    “Erm… crime?”

    “Excellent idea, put that in the minutes”

    £75,000 per year representing a party that voted against giving 16 years old a vote.

  2. Dave.

    17th November, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    They could start with tackling the usual suspects – no need to go into detail , pensioner gets her purse stole , now if I remember rightly the usual suspects were at this same game last year. Lesson not learn’t there then , I also hear the usual suspects are also sneaking around our cafes and pubs trying to lift handbags . Does the future look bright for Lichfield ? . I think a shipping order of tinkerbells will need to be provided for next year..