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 at 6.00pm on Thursday evening.
Members of the Press are welcome to attend the beginning of the meeting.
The Young PCVC will shadow Ron Hogg, Police Crime and Victims Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, as part of Takeover Challenge in November.
The Young PCVC will also lead a group of young people in selecting a project to reduce offending and improve community safety, and will be responsible for a budget of £20,000 to deliver this.
Young people 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.
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’m delighted that a further £10,000 is being added by County Durham Community Foundation”.
“I am really keen to work with these young people and to encourage them 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 following the election later in September.
When: 6.00pm on Thursday 7 September
Where: Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5TT
Who: Interviews will be available with Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner.
For more information please contact Jon Carling, Head of Policy and Communications at the Office of the Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner on:
Note to editors
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 Tuesday 5th September 2017