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Commissioner encourages younger people in Derbyshire to share their thoughts on Policing and Crime

With a focus on those aged 11 to 24, the Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is asking younger people to think about policing by completing a county wide survey.

The survey forms part of a wider engagement programme that hopes to enable thousands of young people the opportunity to express their views.

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.

The 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.”

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.

“The support of our partner agencies, youth agencies, charities, youth councils and other local networks will be very important for this important work,” the Commissioner said.

The survey can be found HERE.

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Posted on Thursday 10th July 2014
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