Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger will launch a consultation into young people’s views on policing and crimeat Stockton Sixth Form College on Monday 20th May.
Mr. Coppinger will be visiting the college as part of an initiative to gather students’ views on crime and their opinions on where efforts should be concentrated to tackle the issues raised.
He hopes that the young people will give a fresh input into more traditional ways of dealing with issues and discuss the increasingly popular use of social media as a tool to reduce crime and engage with communities.
The consultation forms part of the ‘Your Force Your Voice’ initiative which focuses on listening to the views of communities across Cleveland and ensuring that local policing priorities are reflected in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan. The Commissioner has made a commitment to attend neighbourhood meetings in all of Cleveland’s 82 wards, but has recognised that a different approach is needed to obtain the views of young people.
Rachel Angus, Acting Principal at Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “We feel very strongly about our students playing a larger role in their local community and are thrilled to give them the chance to speak about issues which may affect young people across Stockton and the wider Cleveland area.”
Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, said: “Young people are the future of our communities so it’s important that their voices are heard. I want to find out their views on crime and what they think should be done across Cleveland to tackle their issues.
“Through the Your Force Your Voice initiative I have made a commitment to engage with people from all walks of life, young and old.
“Stockton Sixth Form College is one of many that I will be visiting across Cleveland and I will be making contact with all colleges to discuss how young people can be represented through the work that I do. I will also be working closely with the Cleveland Police and Crime Youth Forum to ensure that I listen effectively to what young people want from policing in their area.”
Posted on Monday 13th May 2013