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Young people share their experiences of crime with PCC on community day


Members of the Youth Board with PCC Sue Mountstevens and Youth Champion Amy Hurst

Giving young people and members of the local community a voice in relation to crime and policing was the focus of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens latest community day.

The day saw the Commissioner launch a domestic abuse campaign, host a drop-in session for local people and attend a Youth Board meeting.  Throughout the day Ms Mountstevens met councillors, residents and young people as she travelled across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. 

Ms Mountstevens then joined Bristol’s Assistant Mayor Councillor Simon Cook and Assistant Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe at City Hall, to help launch the second phase of the successful No Excuse campaign. 

The afternoon was spent at Café Grounded in Brislington where the PCC hosted a community drop-in session.  Two Police Community Support Officers were also on hand to answer questions.  Many residents took the time to come and share their views on parking on pavements and speeding as well as offering complimentary words about local policing. 

The day ended with the PCC joining her Youth Champion, Amy Hurst, at the Kingswood Civic Centre to attend the local Youth Board meeting.  The meeting had been organised by the Youth Board to present their findings of a recent consultation they had conducted involving the experiences of over 160 young people.

The consultation carried out by the Youth Board explored the views of local young people on their relationship with the police and their experiences of crime.  The Youth Board received replies from 158 of their peers, and 71 of those who responded had been victims of crime themselves.

After the meeting, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “We are really grateful to the Youth Board for the amount of effort they have put into this project. The number of people they have spoken to shows the benefit of working with young people to seek the views of their peers.

“The information which the Youth Board have gathered in relation to their experiences of crime will be fed into our victims commissioning process.  This will help us ensure that the services meet the needs of young people.”

Amy Hurst, PCC Youth Champion said: “Part of my role is to ensure that young people have a voice in relation to crime and policing.  The work carried out by the Youth Board has given local young people the opportunity to have their say on issues which really matter to them.  This includes the way they perceive their relationships with the police, their views on crime, drugs, how to report incidents, stop and search and trust.”

The information collected by the Youth Board will be used to inform a youth forum event that is planned for the summer.  The Office of the PCC will continue to work with the Youth Board to help develop the event and take the findings forward. 

If you would like PCC Sue Mountstevens to visit you please email pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or call 01275 816377.



Posted on Tuesday 18th March 2014
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