Students at Itchen College heard from Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton as part of the college’s Parliament week.
The Commissioner gave a talk on Tuesday 14 November and took questions from around 120 students about his role and the election process; highlighting how Police and Crime Commissioners were brought in to make policing more accountable to the public and to give people a greater voice.
He gave an overview of his Police and Crime Plan, which sets the overall strategy for policing and crime reduction locally. He also gave a flavour of his day to day work, including fighting for a fairer funding system for policing, commissioning services to support victims and reduce offending, building partnerships that will help create vibrant and safe communities and consulting with the public on a range of topics.
Michael Lane said: “I reminded the students that a core part of my job goes beyond policing, this part seeks to support victims and reduce the demand on policing through interventions that enable people to realise life opportunities and their full potential; helping them avoid triggers that might otherwise lead them into anti-social behaviour or crime.
“It was particularly timely to be talking about my role this week, because as well as being the college’s Parliament week it is also the five year anniversary of the first Police and Crime Commissioner elections, which took place on 15 November 2012.
“I was really pleased to see so many young people interested in the election process and in learning about the work of Police and Crime Commissioners. I was particularly delighted to meet a number of young people who have applied to join my Youth Commission.
“These students are the voters of the future, and indeed the majority of those attending will be eligible to vote at the next Police and Crime Commissioner elections. I hope they will now have a greater understanding of what they want from their Police and Crime Commissioner so they can make an informed choice at the ballot box in 2020.”
Mark Hughes, Head of Faculty for Public Services, Law & Criminology at Itchen Sixth Form College, said: We were delighted to forge links with our Police and Crime Commissioner.
“The dynamic, interactive session was very informative and helped our Public Service, Law & Criminology students understand the importance of the role.
“A number of our students are keen to discuss issues and concerns within their community, they therefore ‘have a voice and want to make a difference’ and have applied to be involved with the ‘Youth Commission’ and I am sure they will excel at their interview next week. We look forward to future engagements with such an inspirational Police and Crime Commissioner team.”