Police chief promises to give young people a voice

Barry Coppinger, who has backed the Youth Charter
Barry Coppinger, who has backed the Youth Charter

CLEVELAND’S Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has re-affirmed his commitment to give young people a voice at an event which explored the role of young people in community safety.

The ‘Young People: Problem or Solution?’ event brought together representatives from over 40 public, private and voluntary sector organisations to explore how agencies can positively engage with youths and ensure they are actively involved in community safety planning across Cleveland.

It took place during National Youth Week, and was organised by the Safer Future Communities network which brings together key voluntary sector organisations across the area.

The focus was on the development of the commitments made by the Police and Crime Commissioner when he signed up to the Youth Charter during his election campaign. The Youth Charter was developed to encourage commissioners across the country to pledge to engage positively with young people, and has five key commitments focusing on commissioners making themselves accessible to young people and valuing their views.

Mr Coppinger said: “There are thousands of young people across Cleveland and it’s really important that they are given a voice and that we continue to engage with them.”

Any organisations who would like to invite Mr Coppinger to attend their groups should contact Sarah Wilson on (01642) 301446 or sarah.wilson@cleveland.pnn.police.uk.