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Young Advisors see life from behind bars

Merseyside / February 22

Young people from across Merseyside got a glimpse into what it’s like to be put behind bars, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Twenty-five youngsters from Jane’s Kennedy’s Youth Advisory Group (YAG) had the opportunity to see first-hand what lies in store for those who are suspected of committing a crime during a visit to the custody suite at Wavertree Police Station yesterday.

YAG members experienced the ‘booking-in’ procedure, where they were read their rights before being searched and having their property confiscated. They were also given a tour of the cells by Custody Sergeant Frank McCreadie and given an insight in to how detainees are held, interviewed and potentially charged after being arrested.

Louis Campbell from the YAG said: “It was a great experience to see how the police dealt with and process the detainees. I learnt a lot.”

Jane said: “This visit gave my young advisors the chance to get an insight into what the working day is like for the police officers who take care of the people who are detained, while also getting to experience what it would be like to be behind the bars.

“By seeing for themselves the process a person undergoes once they have been arrested, our young people had the opportunity to learn how the criminal justice system operates in a way that most people never get to see. It brought home the demands and responsibilities placed on our police officers, while also giving our young people an insight into the consequences for people who have become involved in crime.

The Commissioner’s YAG is made up of a diverse mix of young people from a variety of backgrounds from across the county. They meet on a bi-monthly basis to look at a broad range of subjects around policing and the criminal justice system, with the opportunity to share their views and concerns with Jane.

Members of the Commissioner’s YAG have previously taken part in workshops on services to support victims of child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation, produced their own radio shows and had an input on the Force’s stop and search policy.

Find out more about the PCC's Youth Advisory Group