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Young people have a unique insight into community safety and understand better than most the risks that the younger generation faces.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is determined to strengthen the voice of young people in the county and provide opportunities for them to share their knowledge and experience to help fight crime.
To achieve this, the Commissioner has launched Nottinghamshire’s first Youth Commission for Police and Crime, in conjunction with social enterprise firm Leaders Unlocked, which sees youth representatives from across the county selected to form an advisory panel to influence future decision-making.
Members are all aged between 14 and 25 and are from a variety of backgrounds to provide a true representation of the young people living and working in the county. They include ex-offenders, victims and witnesses of crime, university students, youth workers, journalists, cadets and aspiring police officers and represent a wide geographical area of the county.
The Youth Commission, which will meet four times a year, will be responsible for developing strategies to address urgent community safety issues such as re-offending, how to strengthen links between police and the public, reducing crime and tackling antisocial behaviour.
Young people are disproportionately affected by crime and the Commissioner is keen to find out how the younger generation can be more effectively safeguarded. A core part of the Commission’s work will be engaging with other young people in the county to determine how safe they feel and what improvements they believe are necessary to enhance their safety.
From November 2015 to February 2016 the Youth Commission has been responsible for carrying out a 'Big Conversation' across Nottinghamshire to gather the views of at least 1,000 young people about their priority topics. This unique youth-led research process saw the Youth Commissioners going into youth clubs, college campuses, community groups and schools to talk to young people about the police and crime issues that matter most to them. The purpose was to uncover honest views and experiences from a diverse spectrum of young people, and to get them involved in developing solutions to policing and crime issues.
If you work with young people in the county or the city and you would like to invite the Youth Commission to come and talk to your young people then would love to hear from you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org