Around 150 students took the opportunity to give their views on policing by completing a new survey released by the Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles at Derby University this week.
After a question and answer session with the Deputy PCC Hardyal Dhindsa, the assembled audience was shown a special preview of a short film made by Derbyshire Constabulary highlighting the increasing problem of robbery for 15-24 year olds in Derby City, before Mr Dhindsa formally declared the survey open for answers.
With a focus on those aged 11 to 24, the PCC is asking what younger people think about policing, giving them the opportunity to help shape decisions and ultimately foster better relations with the police.
The Commissioner wishes to reduce the number of young entrants into the Criminal Justice System and the surprisingly large number of young people who become victims of crime.
“This video message lasts just a minute,” commented Mr Dhindsa,” but it brings home how it takes only seconds for a robber to snatch a mobile phone and cause huge upset to the victim.”
After an animated question and answer session with around 80 of the university’s Criminology students the Deputy Commissioner invited the audience to fill in the survey to provide their views on policing. A further 70 plus students from across the campus also contributed and added their voices to a very successful event.
The survey is now being rolled-out across Derbyshire.
The Deputy Commissioner explained: “What younger people tell us in the survey will be invaluable and will enable our Youth Summit in September to focus on areas that the police service might improve upon.”
“It’s important to know what our up-and-coming generation think about policing and what their experiences and priorities are. Understanding young people’s views will help us to build a strong and transparent relationship with them and, in the process, support the reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Through our consultations with partners, Derbyshire Constabulary and the general public, I recognise that whilst young people are seen by some as being a cause of anti-social behaviour, a disproportionate number are also vulnerable to being victims of crime. Listening to what they say is the most important first step to making relevant changes to policing that will benefit not just young people but everyone in our communities.”
Thousands of young people in schools, colleges and support groups will be invited to take part in the survey. The questions are informed from discussions last autumn with 189 young people in a wide range of forums and groups across the city and county.
The survey forms part of the Commissioner’s Youth Engagement Plan with events aiming to raise the profile of issues identified by the consultation and survey work. Among the many Youth Engagement Events will be one at Police HQ led by Mr Charles and the Constabulary on 5 June. “The support of our partner agencies, youth agencies, charities, youth councils and other local networks will be very important for this important work,” the Deputy Commissioner said.
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Posted on Thursday 3rd April 2014