Police Commissioner’s Youth Advisory Group visit West Yorkshire Police’s state of the art training facility (25 Aug 2016)

1Members of West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson's Youth Advisory Group (YAG) have seen first-hand how our police officers gain the skills they need to keep our communities safe.

Members of the YAG visited the state of the art police training centre Carr Gate to see the public order training arena, the firearms ranges, the Mounted Section and the National Police Air Service (NPAS). The visits are arranged yearly and are a chance for the youth group to gain a better understanding of how West

Yorkshire Police trains their officers and the work that goes into the specialised units.

The YAG is made up of over 60 voluntary members aged between 13 and 21 from across West Yorkshire who meet up regularly 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 campaigns and discussion topics and raise issues affecting young people, at any time, directly with their Police and Crime Commissioner.

The members included Francis, 20, from Leeds, who said his favourite part of the visit was "The armed response unit because it gave me an idea as to how prepared the force has to be for a major incident, and I was impressed with how well equipped, prepared and disciplined the officers were."

8A spokesperson for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Young people have a unique point of view and it's important that they are involved in decision making. The group has been running for a number of years now and has proved to be an invaluable resource.

"The advisory group is currently recruiting. We would like motivated community focused young people who are interested in representing their peers and expressing their views on policing, crime and disorder to join.

Jade, 20, from Calderdale, said her favourite thing about being a member of the group was "The trips as well as being asked for our opinion on current matters within the police force and our opinions being listened to."

Superintendent David Lunn, Protective Services Operations, said: "It was a pleasure to once again welcome members of the PCC's Youth Advisory group to our facility.

"Everyone seemed to really enjoy the event and hopefully it gave them a better insight into how we train and prepare our officers in order to keep the public of West Yorkshire safe."

For more information on the group, including how to join visit www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/youth-advisory-group/recruitment.aspx or call 01924 294000.

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