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Young people from Integrate Bristol take key roles in OPCC on Takeover Day

Young people from Integrate Bristol were given the chance to be a part of the Avon and Somerset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) Sue Mountstevens for the day as part of the Children’s Commissioner for England’s Takeover Challenge 2016.

They spent the day shadowing the PCC and members of her Senior Leadership Team, attended various meeting across the force area and working with the PCC team helping to deliver the Police and Crime Plan priorities.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I thoroughly enjoyed welcoming the young people from Integrate Bristol into my office to see the work my team and I do.  I hope they found it interesting and I really welcomed their views, which they shared throughout the day.

“It is important to me that I make sure I am speaking and listening to young people about the issues which matter to them in relation to policing and crime.  The young people are our future and will undoubtedly have views on their policing service.”

Takeover Challenge is a country-wide event run by the Children’s Commissioner for England which gives children the opportunity to step in the shoes of adults at work.

Sahib Ullah-Raj said: “When I first found an interest in law, I would never have thought about working with the police, but now I’ve found there’s more to the work they do than making arrests and stopping criminals. The reality is that policing is far broader and includes all things crime prevention related.”

The Takeover Challenge has grown year-on-year with more than 45,000 children from all over the country taking part in 2016.

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, said: “Takeover Challenge goes from strength to strength every year, with tens of thousands of children across England now taking part. I am enormously grateful to organisations and individuals who embrace the challenge and throw open their doors to involve young people.

“Children are full of fresh ideas, imagination and energy so they can really provide a fresh perspective that organisations can benefit from. Giving children and young people a chance to do adult roles for the day helps organisations understand the needs of children, who also use the experience to show off their talents and achieve their full potential.”

Find out more about the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge here: www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/takeover-challenge

Posted on Monday 21st November 2016
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