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A Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner for Young People

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Police Cadets from across County Durham and Darlington will be invited to choose a Young Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) from their own ranks at a Cadets meeting next week.

The Young PCVC will lead a group of young people, select a project to reduce offending and improve community safety, and will be responsible for a budget of £10,000 to deliver this.

Members of the Police Cadets, Fire Service Cadets and Mini Police will be able to submit proposals for spending the money, and the Young PCVC will then chair a committee of young people who will select the winning project.

The Young PCVC will also shadow Ron Hogg, Police Crime and Victims Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, as part of Takeover Challenge in November.

Ron said “The Cadets and the Mini Police are already very well placed to suggest how to improve community safety. I am making £10,000 available to give them an opportunity to make real decisions.

“I am really keen to work with them and to encourage these young people to identify community needs. I want them to have the ability to decide how to allocate a significant amount of money to help improve young people’s lives”.

Bryan Russell, manager of Durham Agency Against Crime, which runs the Police Cadets, said: "The cadets help support police events, volunteer in the community and help us problem-solve local issues. In doing so, they are having fun, gaining valuable life experience and increase the positive perception of young people."

More detail and the identity of the Young PCVC will be made available next week.

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For more information, and to arrange interviews with Ron Hogg, please contact

Jon Carling, Head of Policy and Communications, on 03000 265466 or jon.carling@durham-pcc.gov.uk

Note to editors

  • Takeover Challenge

Organised by the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield OBE, Takeover Challenge is an annual project which sees organisations across England opening their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles. It aims to put children and young people in decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views. Young people gain an insight into the adult world and organisations benefit from a fresh perspective about their work.

Posted on Thursday 8th September 2016
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