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New group gives young people the chance to shape the future of policing

A group of young people committed to improving policing in Warwickshire has met for the first time.

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The Warwickshire Youth Independent Advisory Group (IAG), comprising local people aged between 14 and 17, met for the first time on Saturday (23 February) at police headquarters in Leek Wootton.

The new group, which was set up by the Warwickshire Police Youth Engagement Team, is the latest in a number of IAGs who represent different parts of the community.

IAGs offer impartial advice to the police on a range of different subjects and are made up of people from the local community who meet regularly to help shape the future of policing.

The groups advise police on a range of diverse issues such as managing critical and major incidents, use of firearms and Tasers, stop and search, community relations and engagement, equality and diversity issues, disability access, and community activities.

Their advice helps police deliver a better service to the local community and build trust in policing.

The Youth IAG is made up of 30 young people from a diverse mix of backgrounds.

Sergeant Paul Calver, who heads up the youth engagement team, said: "We already have very active IAGs representing the LGBT, BME and disabled communities. However, we felt we were still lacking representation from younger members of the community.

"Young people are affected by policing as much as anyone else so it is important they have a voice and are involved in defining the future of policing."

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe spent the morning with the Youth IAG and was impressed by what he saw: "It's really important for me that all parts of the local community can have their say and help influence the services which affect their everyday lives, so I am pleased to see how the Youth IAG is already making a difference.

"Not only can it help the force to develop the right services but it also provides a forum for police to hear directly from young people on the full range of issues that matter most to them. By listening and acting on what they say, Warwickshire Police will be able to give increased confidence to young people across the county and some of the barriers that can exist will be removed."

The meeting started with an ice-breaker followed by an exercise to define the role and remit of the group. They then had a presentation about stop and search powers before having a practical demonstration on the use of these powers led by officers from the youth engagement team.

For more information on joining any of our IAGs please click here.

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 01/03/19