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Police Cadets elect Young Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner

Nathan (L) with Ron

Image: Nathan (left) with Ron Hogg

A 15-year-old school pupil has been elected Young Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington.

Nathan Gaskill was voted into office by his fellow members of the Police Cadets.

Nathan is from Crook and attends Parkside Academy in Willington. He will shadow the Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, Ron Hogg, for the day on 15 November.

Police Cadets, Fire Cadets and the Mini-Police will be asked to submit proposals to allocate a budget of £10,000 to spend on a project to improve community safety. Towards the end of October, Nathan will chair a group of Police Cadets, Fire Service Cadets and the Mini Police, who will assess the proposals and decide which one should go ahead.

Nathan, along with two other candidates, was asked to tell the Cadets why they should vote for him as the Young PCVC. In his presentation, Nathan explained that he is currently Deputy Head Boy at Parkside Academy, and he chairs the school’s Community Relations Panel. He went on to emphasise that he would like to help develop a positive perception of the Police amongst young people, and also to help to raise awareness of the harm that can be caused by drugs and alcohol.

Speaking after the result was announced, Nathan said: "I am very pleased and look forward to working with Ron and with young people. I will take the opportunity to put them first."

Ron Hogg said "Many congratulations to Nathan on his success. I look forward to working with him and helping to make a difference for young people in County Durham and Darlington”.

-ENDS

Notes for Editors

  • Details of how the Police Cadets, Fire Cadets and Mini-Police can submit proposals for the £10,000 budget are available on-line at: http://www.durham-pcc.gov.uk/Get-Involved/Young-PCVC.aspx
  • The closing date for the Police Cadets, Fire Cadets and the Mini Police to submit their proposals online is Monday 31st October 2016.
  • IMPORTANT: Any media requests to speak with Nathan must be directed through Ron’s office. Please call 03000 264632 in the first instance, or email nyama.johnson@durham-pcc.gov.uk
Posted on Wednesday 28th September 2016
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