FORCE FOCUS: Vote for your youth commissioner in this October's elections - The Solihull Observer

FORCE FOCUS: Vote for your youth commissioner in this October's elections

Solihull Editorial 8th Sep, 2018   0

Did you know an election has been called?

In the first half of October young people right across the West Midlands will be casting their vote and choosing which 14 – 18 year old they want representing them.

The Youth Commissioners are, this year, being elected rather than appointed. Their unpaid role, however, remains unchanged. They will bridge the gap between West Midlands Police and people in the region aged 18 and under.

There will be 16 Youth Commissioners in total. Two for each Neighbourhood Policing Unit. All will serve a 2 year term.

It is a significant opportunity for anyone lucky enough to win the vote.

It will be the Youth Commissioner’s job to help keep me informed about the issues, concerns and aspirations of our younger generations.

I will hold meetings with them, ask questions of them and seek their advice. I rely on these Commissioners to tell me when problems emerge so I can ensure something is done. They are my eyes and ears on the ground helping to keep young people safe.

After all, young people are more likely to be victims of crime than older generations.

As well as speaking directly to the PCC the Youth Commissioners will liaise with police officers and decision makers about crime, justice and victim services.

They will also be asked to challenge the force when it fails to live up to their expectations.

After serving two years as a Youth Commissioner many go on to continue a life of public service. We’ve had former youth commissioners represent the UK at the Commonwealth, become councillors and write detailed policy on new initiatives for my team.

Voting will take place online, as well as in person, between 2nd October – 16th October. The results will be declared on 17th October.

If you or someone you know is interested in taking part then head to my website and fill out a nomination form.

At a time when violent crime is rising it has never been more important to speak with, and hear from, the very people who are often ignored by the authorities.

We must give them a voice.

We must listen.

PCC David Jamieson

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