Police and young people should work on their relationship by acknowledging each other’s roles and achievements and trying to not to think in stereotypes, young people have said.
People under 25 across Sussex have developed a ‘youth pact’ to guide how police and young people should interact with each other, after finding that many youths felt targeted by police.
The Sussex Youth Commission (SYC), set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) , presented the guidelines among other recommendations to Sussex Police at the Amex in Brighton on Wednesday.
Oh, my giddy aunt! This is a job creation scheme in the making!
PCC Katy Bourne set up the Youth Commission in 2013, bringing together a different set of young people each year to interview their peers and tell police what they think should change. It presented its first full set of recommendations last year.
Who is telling ‘young people’ what they think needs to change? Oh, right. Nobody. Because everything’s someone else’s fault.
Case in point:
Among the other findings this year were that lack of money was one of the main causes for re-offending among young people.
It recommended further research into how young offenders could find work, and try and make sure they had good information about finding employment.
What does this have to do with policing? Are the cops supposed to find the idle little buggers a job? As what, police-dog training dummy?
Young people also said that cyber-bullying and online harassment was a “widespread” problem among their peers from a young age, the commission found.
The SYC has pledged to help Sussex police fight cyber bullying by telling them when it happens and testing their policies.
I hope their policies are ‘Go away and switch off the PC/mobile and GROW UP!’. But I fear they aren’t…