Derby City Youth Mayor Philip Hutchinson with Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa
Discussions with Derby’s Youth Mayor about policing issues have, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said today, “once again underlined for me the value of listening to the views and ideas of our young people.”
During his meeting with Youth Mayor Philip Hutchinson yesterday, they talked about how the Youth Council could be an avenue for recruitment and diversity for the force and how officer visits to schools could help promote the police service and recruitment.
They also looked at using youth orientated social media to raise awareness about online child sexual exploitation and the advantages for both police and young people if the police attended meetings of the youth council.
They also discussed the Arbor Project – Housing Related Support Services for high risk serious offenders in Derbyshire – which was saved by the Commissioner.
Philip Hutchinson said: “It was a very valuable meeting in which we managed to discuss several issues of importance to young people. It highlighted the importance of ensuring the views of young people are taken on board in order to ensure that the police force continues to act effectively against the threats and issues young people face.
“I am grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s willingness to listen to ideas, thoughts and suggestions and look forward to seeing the positive impact this discussion will have on making Derbyshire a safer place for all.”
The role of the Youth Mayor is to represent young people and Derby City Council at events across the city. Together with the Deputy Youth Mayor, the Youth Mayor helps to raise awareness of the positive contribution young people make to the city and ensure their voices are heard.
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Posted on Thursday 16th March 2017