Merseyside's Police Commissioner will take the hot seat at a young person's question time in Knowsley tonight.
Jane Kennedy has joined forces with Knowsley Youth Mutual to host the event at OurPlace, in Huyton, tonight (Wednesday 20th November) which will see panellists quizzed on policing and crime issues by up to 40 young people.
The event, which will be chaired by the CEO of Knowsley Youth Mutual, Paul Oginsky, and run by three of their cabinet members, aims to give young people the opportunity to engage with politicians and decision makers on the issues affecting their lives.
Joining Jane on the panel will be Merseyside Police’s Superintendent Clare Jenkins and Knowsley Council’s Crime and Communities Service Manager Ian Willman. They will have the opportunity to answer questions from young people on community safety issues, while also giving them the chance to hear the opinions of young people on the issues that matter most to them and, in particular, discuss effective ways of diverting young people away from crime to ensure they have the best possible start in life.
Jane said: “I’m delighted to be participating in this event which aims to engage with young people and listen to a discussion about the issues that matter most to them in relation to crime and safety in the community. Events like this one, organised jointly by my office and Knowsley Youth Mutual, demonstrate to young people that their opinions are valued and important, certainly by me.
“Engaging with young people here on Merseyside has always been important to me. I was delighted to recently introduce our new group of Youth Ambassadors, who are acting as my advisors on youth issues in Merseyside, and we have had several young apprentices working in our office.
"For the last four years, I have also allocated all the money from the Police Property Act Fund to grassroots projects which work to divert young people away from involvement in criminal and anti-social behaviour and I’m pleased to be working with partners across Merseyside, including Everton in the Community and the LFC Foundation, on a range of great youth diversion projects.
“This event is an opportunity for me to listen to the views of more young people and understand what is really important to them. It is also a chance for these young people to make their voices heard and tell me about the issues they feel most strongly about. I can’t wait to take part.”