A NEW generation of young people have been elected, to serve as the new Youth Commissioners for the West Midlands.
A total of 16 young people have earned the votes of their peers and will now sit with Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Simon Foster, assisting and advising him on issues important to them.
The election took place over a two-week period, with almost 1,000 votes cast in an online ballot, by under 18s across the region.
The Youth Commissioners will advise the PCC on law and order issues, affecting children and teenagers.
They will also be asked to represent the views and stand up for the rights of young people within the police force area.
Each borough in the West Midlands will be represented by two Youth Commissioners, including Mimzy Smith and Audrey David for Coventry and Maysa Khandoker and Leen Abdulla for Solihull.
They will serve a two year term and speak directly to the PCC, liaise with police officers, make decision about crime, justice and victim services.
They will also be asked to challenge the force, when it fails to live up to expectations.
Mr Foster, said: “I am delighted to have 16 newly elected Youth Commissioners in post. These individuals will play a very important part in keeping young people safe.
“It is their responsibility to brief me on the concerns and views of young people. I rely on my Youth Commissioners, to tell me when problems emerge, so I can ensure something is done.
“They are my eyes and ears on the ground and play a crucial role in keeping everyone safe
“I am very much looking forward to working with my new Youth Commissioners, starting right away.”
To contact a Youth Commissioner email [email protected].