Lincolnshire Youth Commission will be the 'voice of young people on policing'
A senior police officer is backing the formation of a new “parliament” for young people to give their views on crime and community safety.
Chief Inspector Dave Plumb is to represent Lincolnshire Police on a new Youth Commission for 14-25-year-olds which will act as a forum on issues, including youth offending and drug abuse.
As reported in our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, on Tuesday, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Marc Jones is hoping the 20 to 25-member Youth Commission will be up and running in September and serve as a “real opportunity to hear the experiences and concerns of young people across Lincolnshire”.
Mr Plumb, who heads up local policing in East Lindsey, said: "I volunteered to be involved in the commission from the police side of things because anything that gives members of the community an extra voice is very good.
"But young people especially don't have lots of avenues to be heard so this idea from the PCC is really exciting.
"From a policing perspective, there needs to be links between the PCC's office and the police.
"But once it's up and running, the voice of young people on policing will be heard through the PCC."
The PCC has invited not-for-profit group Leaders Unlocked, based in North London, to recruit young people for the commission which will meet four times a year.
Mr Plumb said: "It can inform the PCC's policing strategy and give us an evidence base of opinions to challenge the police on certain things.
"But it will also inform us on our engagement with young people, not only as members of the community but as victims and offenders."
The PCC's plans have also won support from Debbie Clarke, children's and youth worker at Spalding Baptist Church.
She said: "I applaud the decision to involve those in the 14-25 age bracket in the commission.
"It’s very important to hear the opinions, ideas and insight of all groups of people directly without talking for, or assuming, on their behalf.
"I think it could be very beneficial if a cross-section of young people are given a voice across all the diverse groups they represent."