PCC & Chief Constable take the hot seat at young person’s question time

Merseyside / March 20

Merseyside's Police Commissioner was joined by the Chief Constable to be quizzed by members of her Youth Advisory Group on policing and crime issues.

Jane Kennedy and Chief Constable, Andrew Cooke QPM took the hot seat at a young person’s question time event hosted by the Commissioner’s office.

Fifteen young people attended the forum, held at the Quaker Meeting House in Liverpool city centre, to take advantage of the opportunity to put their questions on issues including scrambler bikes, knife crime and police training to the two police leaders.

The event aimed to give members of the Commissioner’s Youth Advisory Group a voice on policing and community safety issues and gave them an opportunity to ask questions about issues of interest and concern including young people in custody, mental health care, and stop and search.

It also allowed them to ask questions about the role of Police and Crime Commissioners and find out more about Jane’s work over the last five years.

Members also praised the Force’s efforts to be more proactive on social media, including the launch of local facebook pages, an Instagram account and the option to report crime on twitter.

Jane said: “I was delighted to be able to host this event for members of my Youth Advisory Group and give them the opportunity to get their questions answered.

“I am always extremely impressed at the level of enthusiasm and engagement displayed by members of our Youth Advisory Group and last night was no exception. We were asked some really pertinent and challenging questions on a wide variety of topics and I was pleased to be able to listen to their concerns and take their feedback on policing and community safety issues on board. My thanks to the Chief Constable for also taking part. I know the young people really valued the opportunity to speak to him.”  

The Commissioner’s YAG is made up of a diverse mix of approximately 30 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.