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PCC unites with Students' Unions

Liverpool / March 25

The Commissioner has met with students to discuss issues around policing and community safety as part of her on-going commitment to listen to their concerns.

The Commissioner has met with students to discuss issues around policing and community safety as part of her on-going commitment to listen to their concerns.

After taking office, Jane Kennedy pledged to meet representatives from the Students’ Unions at all three of Liverpool’s universities every term.

Today, she visited Liverpool Hope University’s Student Union on Hope Park, Taggart Avenue where she also met with representatives from the University of Liverpool and John Moores University.

The Commissioner took the opportunity to update the representatives on some of the issues that were raised during her last visit in October. This included further discussion in relation to tackling Hate Crime and the provision of a national Stop Hate UK number.

Discussions also covered the provisions to crack down on bicycle theft and the use of Hermes machines to register mobile phones. Also on the agenda, were an update on student safety meetings and Liverpool Guild’s sexual assault awareness campaign.

The Commissioner was enthusiastic about students’ proposals for her to participate in a forum with a larger selection of students.

Jane Kennedy said: "I am committed to listening to the needs of all the communities in Merseyside and that includes those young people who have chosen Liverpool as a place to study and live.

“The city is lucky to have a very vibrant student community who actively participate in the development of the region and I want to ensure any young people that come to the area to study feel safe here.

“These regular discussions are an excellent opportunity to listen to students’ concerns and get their feedback on work that is underway. They help to inform the decisions I make to ensure Merseyside continues to be a safe and enjoyable place for those young people who choose to call the region home.”

As part of her commitment to listening to the concerns of young people, the Commissioner has formed a Youth Advisory Group. The group is made up of a diverse mix of young people from a variety of backgrounds who will meet regularly to ensure the Commissioner understands their concerns and listens to what they want from the criminal justice system.

Find out more about The University of Liverpool's Guild of Students, Liverpool John Moores University Students' Union and Liverpool Hope Students' Union.