Notts: Young people invited to set the record straight on policing

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Young people with strong views on crime are being invited to become part of a local think tank to help shape future policing decisions.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime commissioner Paddy Tipping is recruiting young people for the Nottinghamshire Youth Commission for Police and Crime 2015 - a panel whose job will be to support, inform and challenge the Commissioner on policing in the county.

The Youth Commission is open to young people aged between 14 and 25 and is tasked with developing strategies to address urgent community safety issues such as re-offending, strengthening links between police and the public, reducing crime and tackling antisocial behaviour.

Commissioner Tipping is determined to increase the voice of young people in the county and empower them to have a greater say in the decisions which affect them.

The Commission, which is a new project in partnership with Leaders Unlocked, is just one of the ways he is enhancing the relationship between police and young people and ensuring the county’s younger generation feel valued.

Commenting on the new scheme, commissioner Tipping said: “Young people often have a clearer and sometimes personal insight into the issues that drive children or young adults to commit crime and it’s highly important we start listening to them.

“The Youth Commission provides an opportunity for young people to share their knowledge and expertise for the benefit and safety of the wider public.

“Members will be responsible for gathering the opinions of a wider selection of young people in their specific area and analysing this information ready to be reported back to myself and the force.

“This is an opportunity for young people to take their first steps in public life and to make a real difference to community safety. The skills and experience they learn will also be hugely valuable in terms of future employment prospects.”

The Commissioner is aiming to recruit up to 30 young people to the panel. Candidates should be good team players who are prepared to commit time and dedication to the project and are willing to participate in all the activities involved.

Members of the Commission will need to take part in four sessions to be held in October, November, December and January. They will also be invited to provide direct input into the Force.

The deadline for applications is Friday 25th September 2015. To complete the application form, visit www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/Youth-Commission.

For more information about the Youth Commission, please go to www.youthcommission.co.uk or email Rose Dowling (rose@leaders-unlocked.org) / Kaytea Budd-Brophy (kaytea@leaders-unlocked.org).