Students from Chesterfield College put Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles firmly on the hot spot during a lively question time event held at the College earlier this week.
Over 100 students, some of whom are studying Public Services, turned out to seek the Commissioner’s views on everything from crime-busting funding for young people to the recruitment of police officers.
Some of the students, who were primarily aged between 16 and 18, said they were interested in joining the police service when they leave college, and then asked some searching questions on recruitment policy and ensuring that the Force is representative of local communities.
They were keen to know whether the Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund was open to younger groups and organisations – which it is – his views on anti-social behaviour, the provision of support to victims and how to encourage people to report crime, and what is being done to tackle cyber-crime and hate crime. The young audience also raised their views on the need to do more to promote police integrity and the increase in the amount of council tax paid towards policing.
The Commissioner, who also gave a presentation on his work and the role of the PCC, said: “This was no lightweight event, they asked some serious questions that demanded serious answers and kept me on my toes. Their knowledge of the issues that impact on local policing is a credit to themselves and the College.
“They also completed my Youth Survey, which is part of my programme of consultation with young people across Derbyshire, and their answers, plus the feedback they gave me today, will help me to shape the way services are delivered.”
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Posted on Friday 2nd May 2014