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Police and youngsters hold special meeting

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

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POLICE chiefs in North West Leicestershire met with young people to discuss policy issues at the first Youth Police Advisory Group (YPAG) meeting.

The meeting, which was chaired by Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay, took place at Leicestershire Police headquarters to allow young people to give considered views on issues as they emerge.

The six areas discussed included:

Alcohol and drug abuse;

Cyber bullying and social media;

Domestic violence;

Child sexual exploitation and missing persons;

Offending and re-offending; and

Respect and communication between young people and the police.

Assistant Chief Constable Kay said: "The work the Youth Commission carries out is a formalisation of work that has been going on for a long time, which is why holding the YPAG meetings is extremely important.

"It not only benefits young people but the police too. It is the perfect forum to get the views of young people in the formation of policing policy."

Clive Loader, police and crime commissioner for Leicestershire, said: "Young people want to be seen as part of the solution, not the problem."

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