Cleveland Youth Commission will give young people the chance to have their say on policing and community safety
Young people in Cleveland will soon have the chance to influence decisions on crime, community safety and policing, as recruitment launches for a new Commission established by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Cleveland Youth Commission on Police and Crime will give up to 25 young people aged 14 to 25 the chance to support, challenge and inform the work of Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland (PCC) Barry Coppinger.
Meeting every four weeks until March 2021, the Commission will seek the views of other young people on policing and crime, plan events and help to host the first Cleveland Youth Commission Conference – which will be attended by senior leaders from the police and other agencies. All activities are designed to fit around school, work, college or university.
At the end of the project, the young people will publish a report into the policing and community safety priorities of young people in living in Cleveland.
Interested individuals have until 28 August to apply for a role on the Commission and the project will be conducted virtually until it is safe to do so face-to-face.
PCC Barry Coppinger said: “I am really excited to be launching a Commission for young people interested in influencing how policing and community safety operates in their area.
“This project will allow us to not only seek the views of a group often under-represented in consultations, but also to represent a range of diverse views within that group and create a lasting piece of work which will be considered when new schemes and policies are developed.”
Mr Coppinger has partnered with youth engagement experts Leaders Unlocked to ensure young people have the chance to make their priorities known.
The organisation has helped to set up 10 youth commissions with PCCs around the UK since 2013, including Cheshire, Cumbria, Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Sussex and North Wales.
Kaytea Budd-Brophy, Senior Manager at Leaders Unlocked, said: “‘We are delighted to be working with Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and launch the Cleveland Youth Commission.
“This is an exciting opportunity open to young people 14-25 years old living in Cleveland. The Youth Commission enables young people to have a stronger voice on important issues that affect them. Young people are our future leaders and the youth commission offers the chance to gain skills, provides a platform to influence decision making on police and crime prevention and make a difference to the community.”
Young people interested in joining Cleveland Youth Commission on Police and Crime can find out more and apply by visiting the PCC’s website: https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Take-Part/Cleveland-Youth-Commission-on-Police-and-Crime.aspx
Posted on Wednesday 22nd July 2020