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School pupils swap classroom for Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Ambitious youngsters from the Derbyshire Youth Council (DYC) will be stepping into the shoes of Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa for the day as part of a campaign to give young people a bigger voice in public life.

The young people who are elected DYC representatives from Derbyshire schools will shadow the PCC throughout the day on Monday 24 October as he sees to the business of keeping the county safe - and will even play an active role in a special policing meeting at the Postmill Centre in South Normanton.

The event is being organised ahead of the national Take Over Day which is being held on November 18. The initiative, led by the Children’s Commissioner for England, is held annually to give young people a chance to experience the world of adult work and play a role in decision-making processes.

The youngsters will be invited to contribute to a Strategic Governance Board meeting which will discuss policing performance, antisocial behaviour, missing persons, child sex exploitation, gangs and weapons. They will also discuss the results of a report from the PCC’s Youth Restorative Justice Service Remedi.

Commenting ahead of the event, Mr Dhindsa said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming these youngsters into the world of policing and giving them the chance to sample the day-to-day business of being a PCC.

“This event very much supports my beliefs on giving young people a greater role to play in public life, respecting and valuing their opinions and above all listening to what they have to say.

“Young people flourish when they are encouraged and trusted with responsibility and Take Over Day gives young people the perfect platform to demonstrate their skills and talents.”

Members of the media are invited to attend to see how young people approach holding to account those responsible for the provision of their local police services.  The meeting starts at 2.00pm at The Postmill Centre, Market Close, South Normanton, Alfreton DE55 2EJ.

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Media enquiries:  Sallie Blair, 01283 821012

Posted on Tuesday 18th October 2016
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