Students studying at Derby University have revealed their views on crime as part of a countywide consultation to improve relations between police and young people.
Nearly 200 students and staff completed the survey during a special event attended by Deputy PCC Hardyal Dhindsa at the university last month. The engagement project is designed to encourage the younger generation to have a more active role in local police decision-making and find out how they think policing can be improved.
‘Child abuse’ and ‘child exploitation’ were the highest priority for 45% of those who responded followed by ‘burglary’ and ‘gun crime and gangs’, both chosen by around 39% of those who took part. The survey also showed a positive picture in relation to the police’s response to anti-social behaviour and local crime with 67.5% of respondents agreeing that the police and the local council are dealing effectively with the issues that matter to them.
The survey revealed that 27.4% of respondents thought that crime had decreased in the past 12 months while 52.4% thought it had stayed the same and 20.2% thought it had increased. The reality is crime has decreased in the Derby University area (Allestree and Darley) by 1.7% in the past financial year.
The survey focuses on gaining the views of young people aged 11 to 24. Commissioner Charles wants 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.
Mr Charles said: “Young people are the future of this county and we need to empower them to play a greater role in making their communities safer. These findings will help us to understand how we can better meet their expectations and foster improved relationships in the years ahead.”
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Posted on Thursday 1st May 2014