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1 September, 2016

Scarborough teens to play a part in shaping the future of policing in North Yorkshire

Scarborough youngsters are new recruits to this year’s North Yorkshire Youth Commission.

They all joined the Youth Commission as a way of helping shape the way the police tackle issues affecting young people.

The Youth Commission is funded by North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan. It is made up of 36 volunteers aged 14 to 25 who will carry out a major consultation exercise in events at colleges, youth clubs and other venues across the county in order to gather the views of more than 1,600 young people.

The issues they will discuss are:

  • Hate crime
  • Abusive relationships
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Vulnerability and mental health
  • Relationships with the police
  • Young people missing from home and at risk of exploitation.

Police and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire Julia Mulligan said:  “I instigated the Youth Commission because it was clear from my work in drawing up the Police and Crime Plan that the views of children and young people were not being heard as they should be. The members of the Commission are all volunteers and I thank them wholeheartedly for getting behind this project with so much enthusiasm.

“This is the second year of the Commission in North Yorkshire and we are already seeing its emerging influence within North Yorkshire Police with its members giving talks about youth issues to new recruits and influencing the force’s approach in a range of ways.

“I’m thankful for their time, energy and commitment and look forward to another year of reaching out to engage with hundreds more young people on policing issues.”

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