Young volunteer joins West Yorkshire’s PCC for a day in the life of (31 Jan 2017)

A young volunteer spent the day in the life of West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson last week (27/01).

Matthew, aged 15, from Pontefract in Wakfield, asked to work with West Yorkshire's PCC as part of the Children's Commissioner's Takeover Challenge.

The challenge sees young people taking over top roles and sitting in the hot seat of influential jobs.

Matthew's Takeover Challenge kicked off with a tour of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and a chance to meet with the staff and discuss their roles.

Matthew then accompanied Mark to a meeting with his Independent Custody Visitors (ICV's), who volunteer to check on the welfare of detained persons in custody, and the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Dee Collins.

The meeting was arranged for the ICV's to meet the new Chief Constable and receive an update on her vision for policing in West Yorkshire.

Matthew then joined Mark on a visit to St Mary's Community Centre in Pontefract where he engaged with the local community on their policing and community safety needs.

Mark Burns-Williamson said: "It was great to be able to offer this opportunity to Matthew and it was a really productive day. Youth engagement is crucial, young people have as much to offer as any other members of our communities and I will continue to take their views into account when making decisions."

Matthew said: "I wanted to learn more about the roles and responsibilities that Mr Burns-Williamson has. It was an interesting opportunity and I now have a better understanding of some of the different things that the PCC does to help the community."

Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "It's great to see Matthew taking such an interest in policing and what it involves at a senior level. I was delighted to meet him and I hope he enjoyed his time shadowing West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner."

The Children's Commissioner for England is Anne Longfield OBE. It is her job to make life better for all children and young people by making sure their rights are respected and realised and that their views are taken seriously.

To find out more about the Children's Commissioner visit


West Yorkshire's PCC, Mark Burns-Williamson with Matthew and Chief Constable, Dee Collins. 

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