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Over 140 young people take up the reins at Avon and Somerset Police

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Over 140 ambitious young people from 21 schools across Avon and Somerset will be taking over top police jobs as part of the nationwide Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge on 20 November.  

During the action-packed day, young people will be put into decision-making positions like Chief Inspector, while others will step into roles in intelligence, operations, custody, local policing and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s team.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “It is important to me that I make sure I am speaking and listening to young people from across Avon and Somerset about the issues which matter to them in relation to policing and crime.

“My team have a full agenda of activities planned including meeting with Amy, my Youth Champion, a practical session with Young Victims’ Service and a session on Restorative Justice with Helen, our RJ Development Manager.

“As well as providing an insight into my role and the work of my team, I hope that the young people will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and develop their ideas to ensure their views are truly reflected in the work we do.”

The aim of the Takeover Day is to give young people an insight into the world of work, while organisations benefit from different thinking and a fresh perspective.

Superintendent Simon Ellis, Head of Local Policing at Avon and Somerset police said: “I am confident that the Takeover Day will open our eyes and help us see problems from a different, young people’s perspective.

"It is also an opportunity for young people to find out about the world of work, what goes on behind the scenes in the police and the difficult decisions we make every day.

"We are really keen to young people’s views on policing and how we can work together.”

We have an exciting day lined up, with students getting involved in roles ranging from:

  • Participation in a counter terrorism media exercise with Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Morgan
  • Testing of incident and investigation decision making skills for 18 students from Gordano & Clevedon School who have to deal with ‘a bomb on a bus’ scenario
  • Positions in custody, case progression, firearms licensing, speed enforcement and criminal justice, where 18 students from Bristol schools will role play decision making exercises
In 2014 more than 44,000 children and young people took part in the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day with more than 1,100 organisations involved.
Posted on Wednesday 18th November 2015
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