Commissioner Opens Search for Young People to Influence Policing

11 October 2017

Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, is seeking volunteers aged between 14 and 25 years old to help give young people a voice on the crime and policing issues that matter to them most.

Recruitment for new members of the award winning Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Commission is open. The Youth Commission gives young people the opportunity to support, challenge and inform the work of Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane.

Youth Commission members identify the issues that young people are worried about most; gather opinions on what the specific concerns are and ideas on how to tackle them. They also work to raise awareness and educate young people via campaigns, such as this year’s #GoFISH cyber safety campaign. They run workshops, speak at events and take part in a range of other activities.

Members of the Youth Commission gain a variety of skills, meet and work with a range of people, learn about different issues that are relevant to them and their peers and get to be part of some great youth orientated events – this year members have attended festivals, youth conferences and summer activity schemes.

Michael Lane, said: “The Youth Commission gives young people an opportunity to have an independent and strong voice on societal issues that affect them.

“The Youth Commission works so well because it is about young people talking to, and hearing the voices of, other young people. It is important to me that we listen and take on board the views of young people because it is very much about their future.”

Youth Commission member Alison, age 18 from Fareham, said: “The Youth Commission has given me the opportunity to take the things young people may not be a fan of and work to actually change them.

“We have been able to talk to and represent young people – listen to their valuable insight into their everyday problems (them being the experts on that subject) – then directly and effectively inform professionals who often make the decision our behalf.”

Application forms are available on the Commissioner’s website www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/youth-commission. The deadline for applications is 03 November 2017.

Applicants with experience of the police and criminal justice systems, as an offender, victim or any other interaction are welcome to apply.

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