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Police boss helps pupils with their inquiries . . .

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

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A SECONDARY school provided the setting for a different type of police interrogation when Derbyshire’s police and crime commissioner was grilled by a group of pupils.

Alan Charles, who was elected to the role in 2012, answered a series of searching questions set by pupils at Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, as part of his campaign to canvass the views of young people across the county.

He was happy to discuss a diverse range of topics including drugs, domestic violence, cyber bullying and immigration.

Olivia Shreeve, a Year 10 pupil at the school, said: “It was fascinating to see the work that the commissioner does.

“I was interested in the example Mr Charles gave us illustrating how new technology has changed the way people commit crime.”

Deb Holland, assistant head teacher, said: “We work closely with our local police and Mr Charles was joined by PC Lomas.

“The event was an ideal opportunity to ask both of them questions about some of the issues that have an impact on society every day.

“We are really grateful that Mr Charles could come to the school and that it was so beneficial to the youngsters.”

The commissioner said that he was impressed by the interest shown in his work by the youngsters and valued the insight he gained from his discussions.

He said: “We are working hard to get a true sense of young people’s views about crime and antisocial behaviour, how we can support them to stay safe and provide early intervention to divert them from activities that might lead to them talking to the police in a different setting!

“I’m grateful to Pingle School for inviting me. They were an interesting and friendly group who put forward some very sensible questions.

“I think it was very worthwhile from everyone’s point of view.”

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