Police and Crime Commissioner’s recruiting Youth Advisory Group members (5 Sept 2017)

YAG At HQ Visit2

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is looking for motivated young people to join his Youth Advisory Group.

The Youth Advisory Group (YAG), which is now in its 4th year, consists of members aged between 13 and 21 years old who meet throughout West Yorkshire to give their views and comments to steer decisions, policy and engagement.

YAG At Carr Gate Training FacilityMembership is highly flexible. Members are not required to attend every meeting and can also send ideas and feedback to the PCC through a range of mediums including by email, telephone and social media.

The recruitment drive follows the most recent meetings of the YAG where they visited departments across West Yorkshire Police including, the National Police Air Service, the Mounted Section, and even met directly with the Chief Constable, Dee Collins!

The department visits are arranged yearly as part of the YAG's schedule to give members a better idea of how West Yorkshire Police operates.

Mark Burns-Williamson said: "Young people have a unique and valued point of view and it's really important that they are involved in decision making.

"Recent work undertaken by the group includes helping to shape a campaign aiming to reduce instances of missing young people and an upcoming cyber crime competition.

"I would urge any young people looking to make a difference in their community to check the group out and see if it's for them."

YAG With Chief ConstableChief Constable Dee Collins, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "It was a pleasure to recently meet current members of the PCC's Youth Advisory Group.

"The visit was a wonderful opportunity for these young people to see for themselves key aspects of training and policing and how those transfer into the frontline skills of our police officers and police staff who are working in our local communities.

"The group spent over an hour asking me questions about my role and the work of the wider Force and I was really impressed by the range and level of questions they asked.

"It is really important to me that we have a police service that reflects and represents our diverse communities and the Youth Advisory Group provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to ensure their thoughts and views are listened to."

To find out more about the Youth Advisory Group and to apply to become a member visit /get-involved/youth-advisory-group.aspx.

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