Young people urged to have their say by joining West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Advisory Group (12 Jan 2015)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is looking for motivated, community focused young people between the ages of 13 and 21 to join his Youth Advisory Group (YAG) that is in its second year.

The group which is known as Youth Voice Your PCC, and was named by the young people themselves, meets 2 to 3 times a year to discuss policing and community safety from a young person's point of view. The group also have the opportunity to attend visits, comment on discussion topics and raise issues affecting them and their peers, at any time, directly with their Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson.

Mr Burns-Williamson said "I promised to treat all young people as citizens, valuing their interests and opinions as much as any other citizens in the community. The group gives direct contact with young people who are able to express their views and comments which steer all future decisions, policy and engagement with young people.

"At the most recent meeting of the YAG, the group raised the issue of online grooming, especially the fact that many social media applications can be used to send indecent images to young people.

"This led directly to me backing the NSPCC's 'Flaw in the Law' campaign which aims to make it illegal to send indecent images to children and other online safety advice by West Yorkshire Police.

"Earlier in the year the group were also invited to visit the new £30million state of the art police training facility at Carr Gate to see first-hand how police officers gain the skills to keep communities safe, including the public order training arena, three firearms ranges and the National Police Air Service facility.

"New members will also get the chance to see first-hand behind the scenes as well as have their say and offer their opinions to me on issues that are important to them and this is a great opportunity for anyone aged between 13 and 21."

To express interest in joining the group please complete the form which can be downloaded here and return it by 6th February 2015 to [email protected] , or post it to Ploughland House, 62 George Street, Wakefield, WF1 1DL.

For more information on the group or if you have any questions visit the OPCC website at /get-involved/youth-advisory-group.aspx or call 01924 294000.



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