Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader has launched a recruitment campaign to find new members for his ground-breaking Youth Commission.
The first in the country, the commission was set up to encourage people aged between 14 and 25 living in Leicestershire and Rutland to play a part in shaping and influencing policing policy in the area.
In that time they have conducted extensive research among thousands of other young people about six key areas of concern, from cyber bullying to child sexual exploitation.
And the conclusions and recommendations of their research are now being taken forward by Sir Clive to help shape how Leicestershire Police will combat such crimes in the future.
Now the search has begun for the group of commissioners for the next year.
The Youth Commission was created to help Sir Clive identify issues affecting young people and to help develop a stronger relationship between young people and the police.
Its work culminates at the annual Youth Commission conference at which members of the commission present their thoughts and findings to Sir Clive, senior officers and leaders of local partner organisations.
Suzanne Houlihan, who manages the Youth Commission, said: “I’m really looking forward to working with the next in-take of commission members, to listen to their thoughts and to enable them to make some positive changes in the lives of thousands of young people.
“If you know someone aged between 14 and 25 who is passionate about policing and crime issues and how they affect young people, please encourage them to apply.
“This year’s conference was a huge success. It was great to see young people discussing issues they are passionate about and knowing that their work will make a difference.”
The next group of youth commissioners will have several roles to perform. They will help implement the recommendations that were put forward by the 2014/15 commission and be given opportunities to discuss and research what they feel are the major issues affecting young people within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in the coming year.
Sir Clive said; “I am excited to be launching this recruitment campaign. The initiative allows young people to not only gain new knowledge, skills and experience but to also play an important role in helping to shape policy and gather the opinions of other young people about the police and crime more generally.
“This initiative provides young people with the opportunity to speak on behalf of their friends, family and the whole youth community about issues they feel strongly about.
“If you would like to contribute to make a positive change now is the time to apply.”
For more information on how to apply visit www.leics.pcc.police.uk and links from social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.
Closing date for all applications is Friday, June 26.