York & North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire police commissioner launches youth initiative

North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan Image copyright NYPCC
Image caption Julia Mulligan became Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire in November 2012

Young people are being asked to identify the crime issues most important to them as part of a new initiative in North Yorkshire.

Julia Mulligan, the county's Police and Crime Commissioner, said people aged 14-25 would be asked "to challenge and inform the work of police".

She said they would form their own agenda based on issues that really mattered to them, and speak to peers.

The initiative will be funded by the commissioner's community fund.

Members of the North Yorkshire Youth Commission on Police and Crime will be asked to choose topics important to them, such as anti-social behaviour, drugs and alcohol or domestic violence.

Ms Mulligan said: "My research for the Police and Crime Plan identified that young people did not feel as though they were as engaged with the police as they could be.

"I look forward to hearing their priorities and what they think needs tackling in North Yorkshire."

The initiative is being launched in York and will run across the county until December.

Assistant chief constable Paul Kennedy said it was a "great opportunity to make a positive change to policing, in areas that really matter to young people".

In 2013, Ms Mulligan announced plans to double the number of police volunteers working in the county, and said volunteers would not replace officers.

In 2014, plans to leave the North Yorkshire Police headquarters at Newby Wiske Hall for a new £18m centre were abandoned.

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