PCC Barry Coppinger with young people from St Teresa’s RC Primary, Manor Community Academy and Catcote Academy
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, is today allowing his role to be ‘taken over’ by five young people from Hartlepool as part of the national initiative, Takeover Challenge.
The aim of the day is to highlight the active role that young people can take in society and to positively promote the activities of young people who are all too often shown in a negative light with the stereotype of ‘hoodies’ committing antisocial behaviour.
Young people from St Teresa’s RC Primary, Manor Community Academy and Catcote Academy will be shadowing the Commissioner for the day, and providing him with an insight into the community safety concerns of young people together with a young person’s viewpoint on policing.
The event has been coordinated by Hartlepool Council’s Child and Adult Services, with other roles being shadowed including Councillors, Health, Community Safety and Social Services.
Mr Coppinger said: “I am passionate about ensuring that the Police and other community safety services take into consideration the views and needs of all members of the community, and young people form a significant percentage of our Cleveland population.
“All too often young people are viewed as the perpetrators of crime and antisocial behaviour, when in reality they are actually far more likely to be a victim than adults.
“I have seen for myself some of the excellent examples of community safety initiatives being undertaken by young people across the Cleveland area, and I’m looking forward to getting a different viewpoint on the work I am undertaking, and how I can ensure that this reflects the needs of both young and old.”
During the day the young people will be advising the Commissioner on media issues, visiting the Police Control Room to better understand how calls are prioritised and how victims are supported, and attending an event at Middlesbrough MyPlace as part of Transgender Day of Remembrance to raise awareness of the issues faced by young people who are transgender or transitioning.
Posted on Friday 20th November 2015